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Published: March 24th 2020
By my bedside I have a calendar. I tear off one day at a time. The topics they cover are all eastern in flavour. Some days I get a proverb which may be Korean , Chinese or Indian. Another day it will be some deep Buddhist philosophy. It may be the sayings of Gandhi or some Hindu seer . What seems noticeable at the moment is that each seems prophetic. As if someone already knew that we would be in the midst of a crisis that is world wide and knows no boundary. They are sometimes thought provoking, sometimes too complicated to understand but most of the time there is a message in them . I look forward to each morning ripping off another day to see what the thought is .
How about this one ? " The world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything". Swami Sivananda - I like this one . We live in a busy old world and it seems right that sometimes we are taken back to basics . Schools now take children out into nature and teach them in forest schools . We are being driven out of towns with
our gas guzzling diesel engines . We are encouraged or were encouraged to change from diesel to petrol or to hybrid cars . After months of floods , global warming , fires and whatever else happens we now get Corona virus. Perhaps its time to stand back and listen to the silence . To stop what we are doing and look up. We can see a clear sky with no airplanes leaving vapour trails .
So where are we up to? There seems only one topic of conversation on everyones mind - Covid 19. It has taken over our lives. Italy is still in its grip. Morgues full and crematoriums not able to cope. Spain has similar problems . It has not come as a surprise as when you travel to these southern European countries the elderly are very much in evidence . Elderly grey haired ladies sitting on stools outside their homes. Old men in cafes chewing the fat . Northern Europe has not escaped . Cases popping up in Belgium and Holland . Meetings of more than two people illegal in Germany . So what of our small isle ? We are social distancing - trying to keep 2 metres apart from anyone we come into contact with. Easier said than done . We hear nothing else on the news channels . Reports of new cases and deaths . The National Trust have kindly kept our parks open and made many free in the hope that people will exercise , enjoy the fresh Spring air sensibily . Motorhomers foolishly are still on the road . They are trying to take a holiday by isolating themselves in the remotest part of Scotland or Wales . Signs are appearing in Wales and in the highlands of Scotland telling people to go home . Scotland and Wales are closed . Do they take any notice ? No they carry on as if they are invincible . As they won't catch anything . We have Boris o'clock a nightly chat from our Prime Minister . We look forward to it in a perverse sort of way - looking to see how our government is faring with the crisis . He told us yesterday that on top of gyms and swimming baths closing every shop if it is not a retail outlet must close . Yet again we hear tales of the local pub opening its back door to drinkers . The law was changed and now they can lose their licence and be forced to close .
We carry on , we clean the patio and try out the new karcher . We clean the guttering out . I go for my constitutional in the morning before too many are out . I bring out Les Mis - too bulky to take in Gabby . Now I get the opportunity to read it . We get out the quiz book . Yes I had forgotten about amoeba, spiragyra and the Hydra from Biology lessons .
If there are lessons to learn its about time some people stopped putting their heads in the sand and realise we have to get through all of this . There will be light at the end of the tunnel and we will get away . Time to learn new things , listen to music and remain positive . Winchester and Salisbury will still be there after Coronavirus has long gone . I wonder what the rest of the day will bring . Necessity is the mother of invention . My mum would have loved to hear me say that and practice it .
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