For all of us, I think it’s safe to say that this has been a challenging year. But I guess you can’t navigate your way through a pandemic without hoping for good days to come. Obviously, so many of us have had health worries, career and financial concerns, homeschooling, and the many restrictions on normal daily life. We miss our families and friends and the daily interactions we took for granted. How strange it is for my son, who only lives five minutes away, not to be allowed in the house again or even the garden.
For many of us it really would be nice if something made sense for a change! It’s so hard to find truth these days. We’re all bombarded with so much information that seems to conflict with each other. The news changes daily. What tier are we in? What restrictions apply to us? What is the rule of 6? Should I be taking Vitamin D? How can I lose weight and be in the healthy weight range for the winter to come? And how different will Christmas be if it has to be digital? The questions come thick and fast but the answers are harder to find.
But even in the darkest of times the light always shines through! Better days will come. As human beings we’re extremely good at finding solutions to problems. We create many of our own problems but when we put our collective minds together we can be expert problem solvers. If Anne Frank could believe it then so must we.
‘Some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.’ There’s so much good to come!
This week, after not being able to visit my mum in her care home since March, and not being able to phone or communicate with her in any way (because of her advanced dementia), one of her lovely carers was thoughtful enough to send us a photo of her rocking a bright red hat! But more importantly, she also gave the news that her general health has been improving steadily and they were delighted with her. For the first time in almost a year, she was sitting in a chair in the main lounge singing along with everyone else. She looks frail because she is, but she looks happy and cared for and enjoying her hat!
It’s the little things that keep us going isn’t it? As Emily Dickinson optimistically stated,
‘Hope is a thing with Feathers’ and I believe that to be true. Hoping and believing in better days to come will carry us through.