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Waiting and not knowing in a time of chaos

Waiting is not something many of us are good at, and we don’t like uncertainty.  Yet this is where we are, and it’s uncomfortable and monotonous.  We can do little but wait - for lockdown to end, for testing for all, for a vaccine to be discovered and universally made available, and for the economy to get back on its feet.  None of us knows how the chaos we find ourselves in will turn out, whether life will ever return to so-called ‘normal’, and what the long-term implications of a world turned upside down may be.

 


Life is always uncertain, but we can remain hopeful

‘When you are strong and healthy,

You never think of sickness coming,

But it descends with sudden force

Like a stroke of lightning.

 

When involved in worldly things,

You never think of death’s approach;

Quick it comes like thunder

Crashing around your head.’

                                         Milarepa

 


HOPE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

 

The world is in shock, much of it in lockdown and curfew.  After devastating fires in Australia, floods in many parts of the world, and a massive infestation of locusts in East Africa, we now have a global epidemic of coronavirus spreading exponentially.  Much we’ve taken for granted is disintegrating and our way of life can no longer be as it was before.

 


Optimism works!

Being optimistic and looking on the bright side when things are tough, and everything around us seems to be in a state of chaos, isn't easy.  It's the only sane thing to do, however, when we're trying to battle against the odds.  We need to cultivate a positive attitude, believing in ourselves and our ability to deal with crises.  We also need to believe that we're not helpless victims of circumstance and that we can make in a difference in the world.