A daily comment from most of us these days is “I don’t have time…..”
Well here it is now – the one thing you never have enough of.
A Gift from the Earth. A gift from the Animals.
The Earth is forcing us to pay attention and we’d better listen well. She needs to heal and so do we.
How will you will you use this gift? Will you use it wisely and emerge on the other side a better human?
Or will you waste it and go back to your old ways?
My isolation plan in preparation for LOCK DOWN Namibia
24 MARCH 2020
I’ve had three weeks to practice for the pandemic lock down (corona virus/Covid_19) since I had a surgical shoulder procedure and no driving allowed (or possible)
I’m sharing what I’ve learnt so far… and I hasten to add that this is as much a memo to myself as it is to assist any reader! I have a long way to go, but for now am happy to accept that I am perfectly imperfect!
After the op I embraced the chance to not do pottery for a few weeks and to have the time to figure out the path ahead, since the shoulder issues indicate that the way I’ve been working with clay up till now has significantly attributed to the problem.
Naively I thought I’d have my 'light-bulb' moment pretty soon after the op and I would be able to start actively planning my new path. I usually have a stream of innovative and creative ideas so where are they now? I have many interests, passions and skills, but right now, I have time, no inspiration and zero income (and pain). Sound familiar to you? Read on then, this is for you.
The first thing is to establish a routine. This is not a vacation. Remember how stiff and unmotivated you felt returning to the gym after an extended holiday? Well let’s just call this maintaining emotional and mental fitness. And when we return to work in a few weeks it won’t be so hard to adjust. The upside is that we might just find a new way to live and work, and become human beings instead of a human doings!
This is not really very different to my usual working day in isolation as a creative and one, which as an introvert, I am totally at ease with. I realize this won’t be the case for everyone though.
So I make specific times during my day and routine in order to fulfill each or at least most of these tips. Unless you still have to work full time, then try to fit in a different one each day at least.
The world’s future way of functioning is for sure uncertain. But what is to a large extent within our control is the way we personally handle this pandemic and all that goes with it. In reality we only really have this moment now. Embrace this time as the incredible gift that it is, no matter what your circumstances. Connect with your family and care for one another in whatever way you can. Write in your journal and remember to notice and note what you are grateful for, every day.