Hail Brave Hearts
Serenity and calm, peace and quiet. Spend your life indoors. The virus is still raging, but slowly it’s being controlled. Our yearnings for social interaction and social gatherings is high. Our yearnings for affection and partying, for team playing and dinner parties is strong. When will we live again? The new normal is quiet, as we seek to bring joy into our lives through the small bubble of our existence. Our social circle is small to non existent.
The achievements of this quiet, isolated existence varies for many. New avenues for learning present themselves online as we enjoy more opportunities for online education. and courses to take. Virtual tours of far away places, concerts to enjoy, athletic challenges to participate in. Reinvent yourselves in a time of crisis, where the silence could be golden. If the daily routine involves self motivation towards self improvement, then perhaps this is a time of reflection and self assessment. From the cocoon to the butterfly so to speak.
We are nearly a year into this lockdown crisis state with hopes that it will have been a transformational period for most of us. Although 2020 has been a difficult year, the potential for change in oneself could present itself in a more positive way. Yes, it is true that our social lives change and yes it is true, that international travel is restricted. Yes, it is true that we can’t travel to far off lands and sometimes we can’t even cross provincial borders, but is this a hardship? How much do we value our own lands and our own backyards? It is with great pleasure that Canada presents itself to the world, so its should be, for us to discover ourselves. Activity abounds, even it if’s online. A new way of living has forced itself upon us. A new way to live and hopefully to enjoy life.
As difficult as 2020 has been, it’s provided an unusual opportunity. The opportunity of time for many of us. Time that would have been utilized in habitual routine, has been reinvested into other areas. For some, intellectual interests, for others, athletic pursuits. Time is a commodity to be spent as wisely as possible. Time is a gift that passes whether we utilize it properly or not. Time is a constant. We will grow old no matter how we spend our time. We will see years pass, whether they are fulfilled or not. Dreams will be envisioned, dreams will be fulfilled or dreams will die. They say, “Only time will tell.” Put your dreams into motion, work hard on this goal. Be flexible. There is time to dream and a time to dare. 2020 seemed to be that kind of year. A year of self reflection, where only you and your own mind could solve your daily issues. You and you alone with all of this time to spend.
Spend the endless hours of your day. Spend it wisely, oh great ones. The pandemic could still be a way to success, if all of this time is put to good use and spent on a valued pursuit. The pandemic could be an unusual success, your home, a retreat. This time could be your salvation. Learn to know yourself. This crisis will pass. May you emerge from your own cocoon as a butterfly.
Written by Dr. Louise Hayes
January 23, 2021