Yesterday the UK government announced that the lockdown here will go on for at least another week. The Marsh family version of ‘One Day More’ from Les Miserables has been playing in my head.
Like most of us I am missing friends and family, and struggling to keep motivated without the inspiration and creativity of others around me. The lack of freedom to pop out whenever I want to, or to walk the dog in favourite beauty spots is frustrating, and I really miss my choir.
To begin with this felt like one of those breaks where you go deep, inspect your life, reorder it and think deeply about the answer to life the universe and everything in the words of Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy but by week 4 it is how to parcel up my time that is absorbing my thoughts, as one day merges into another and I struggle to remember whether my next online meeting is now or an hour ago!
I am trying to concentrate on the positives, which are many:
- I am loving the quiet and the time, nay the forced observation, of nature
- I am fascinated by online music, having joined the Great British Home Chorus with Gareth Malone in his garden shed!
- I have embarked on an orgy of cleaning; my kitchen cupboards are immaculate for the first time since the kitchen was installed.
- I am loving some of the Whatsapp videos and jokes. Did you see the one with the Easter eggs that hatch out and chicks spread spring flowers everywhere? So cute.
Does all this equate to a real joy, or just momentary distraction? People in the NHS, care homes and other places working all hours, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am still finding out how to fill my time but Philippians 4 verse 4 helps ‘Rejoice in the Lord…Do not be anxious.. and the peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds.’ It is the next bit that is the real challenge – to think of what is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, everything excellent and praiseworthy. It is those things I would like to have in my inner cupboards.
Another day in which I am taking part in the fiveminutefriday blog link-up, trying to tidy up my second novel ‘A Desert Rose’, and wondering if it will ever be ready. I would love to hear what you are doing to combat the coronavirus.