Appreciating the important things

Silvery moon

I missed writing my monthly article on 01 April.

The reason I missed it was simply because I’m busy. There’s work flowing again after a period without paying clients during which I also had to cancel training events and networking meetings were cancelled.

What a very strange time to be living through!

However, I am very fortunate; I live in a quiet rural area and apart from not seeing close family, days feel strangely normal, if there is such a thing. Sure, I miss meeting friends and clients for coffee, and a pint in the local, and of course my close family – especially my 9 month old granddaughter. But I haven’t lost anyone close, my health and that of my wife and family is good, income is up, expenditure is down, and – so far at least – I’ve been able to entertain myself enough not to be going stir crazy.

I started posting about this on social media at one point, thinking that I might be adding a few positive vibes, but then I read some interesting threads about some such posts coming across as “smug” or “uncaring” which gave me pause for thought.

It’s a difficult balance, but I did decide after some thought to not post anything on Facebook along those lines, and to try and step back from much of the dialogue that is taking place. I do care, and I don’t feel smug; but I do feel fortunate.

Much of my work at the moment is for an NHS charity. It brings me to the periphery of a world I cannot even pretend to relate to and it brings me into contact with some incredible people, previously largely unacknowledged. People in the fortunate position I am in can contribute of course – financially, as volunteers, by adhering to the rules about social distancing and travel, by doing our best not to add to the strain the NHS is already under – and now by nurturing a new found respect for the people that deliver so many things that we take for granted in normal times.

We can also spare a thought for the front line workers, the families living in crowded urban low quality housing, those who have lost loved ones, those who are really lonely, those affected by mental health problems, vulnerable through underlying illness and worried sick, those facing domestic violence whilst restriction are in place, and many many more.

I am very grateful for my own fortunate position but I don’t take it lightly. I hope that the upsurge in compassion, charity and caring that we have seen over the last couple of months will prove to be a lasting legacy for those that have lost their lives to Covid-19.