Hello again all,
We've arrived at the end of our first week of 2021 and almost a full week of lockdown in UK, and I hope this ramble finds you all feeling OK both physically and mentally. Covid figures are astoundingly high and it's now really common to know of a friend or relative who has fallen victim to this awful virus.
So for anyone who is worried about themself or for loved ones, I'm sending out extra special good wishes for safely coming out on the other side.
I've been fine with lockdown itself this week. I wouldn't be doing much more than in a usually cold week in January. In my opinion it's a great time to be told to stay indoors. I marvel at the huge number of people going out for exercise and fresh air because I've always thought that human beings should have a period of hibernation during January!
We'd probably all mention the bigger things which get us through hard times, like the love of friends and family, faith, or technology that helps us to stay in touch. But I've been thinking about the really small things that keep me happy during this vexing time in life when things are so altered from our norm.
Chocolate has to be right up there as my number one. I'm thinking of when I was a child in the very early 1950's and it was rationed. I was the only person in our household who had a very tiny ration of milk chocolate. The youngest of 4, I was always very popular on ration collecting day! Now I can really go overboard if I choose. (Sorry doc!)
Tea and coffee. How many times in life has a cuppa felt like a lifesaver. To a Brit it is offered as a general panacea for all ills and our famous 'stiff upper lips' are probably developed via the Yorkshire tea that must surely course through our veins instead of blood.
Laughter or a good cry. Thank goodness I can let those emotions out. I find it easy to enjoy a good joke or conversely a really good blub. And I seem to be able to do both in equal measure at the moment.
There are so many other trivial things which are so cheering in life, but I'll end with pets. They can be funny, infuriating, disdainful (if they are cats), and adoring if they are dogs, but in all their many forms they offer us entertainment and an ear or paw when there isn't a human hand or a hug available.
I'm wondering what little things contribute daily to your peace of mind?
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