My lessons from lockdown:
Everything is (more or less) okay!
Less on my ‘to do’ list; more on my ‘to be’ list.
Less ambition; more self-acceptance.
Less rushing and demands; more thoughtfulness and planning.
Less socialising with friends; more family quality time.
Limited shopping options; more gratitude and appreciation.
Less excitement and recreation; more creativity and innovation.
Less noise; more silence.
Less school educational hours; more fun and personal freedom.
Less chatter and coffee dates; more reading and writing.
Less live entertainment; more deep introspection.
Less time-wasting; more Torah learning.
Less mental stimulation; more mental hygiene.
Fewer gym hours; more walks and talks.
Fewer office hours and less work; more garden and sunshine.
No visitors for yom tov; joyful meals shared alone with our kids.
Less complaining; more thankfulness.
More uncertainty and fear; more courage and bravery.
My world has shrunk; my heart and mind have expanded.
Many harsh changes; more emotional flexibility.
More illness and health risks; more davening and tehillim.
More social isolation and depression; less self-centredness and judgement.
Less income and fewer jobs; more kindness and charity.
Less stretching our time; more balancing our priorities.
Where there is loss and disappointment; new energy and strength swims in to fill the gaps. There is no vacuum, no void in life.
Keep calm and carry on.
May Hashem bless our community, our country, and our world with health and healing, and a good and sweet New Year for us all.