Being on lockdown is a familiar feeling for many people around the world right now. The compound we live is currently on complete lockdown, but people here are encouraged to get out for some exercise each day, provided they are socially distancing themselves from others. Physical activity and movement are hugely important at this time and can play a significant factor in our mental health over the coming weeks.
I usually like to listen to music when I run, but today I chose to run in silence and enjoy my surroundings. As I finished my run, I came across this sign:
Kind of humorous as the sign is obviously spelt wrong but the point of the sign is clear- Construction Ahead.
This sign is a perfect metaphor for what lies ahead, not only in our own communities, but also the world. As we pull out of the COVID-19 crisis, there will be lots of mending, rebuilding, and recovering. There is no blueprint for how to get this done as we are operating in unprecedented times.
With all the construction that lies ahead, there are sure to be mistakes made, just as the word ‘Ahead’ was spelt wrong on the sign post. As we navigate unknown waters and try our best to recover, there will never be more of a need for patience, tolerance, compassion, and forgiveness.
By understanding that everyone is currently doing their very best to get through this, we can hopefully be more forgiving of mistakes that are sure to be made and better understand the need for putting more loving kindness and compassion into action as well.
Life is imperfect as are each of us. Despite all of the uncertainty, we still live in a beautiful world. Let’s look at this as a chance to grow and learning together in ways we never thought were possible.
Shine on folks.
Neila Steele & Andy Vasily