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Coronaversary – Reflections from 1 Year Later

We start approaching Winter and this quintessential season of hibernation. As we have just passed the one year milestone for many pandemic major events, it does feel like we have just had a year that felt like 15. Even though here in Australia we have fared better than most, it still feels as though we have been running an emotional and physical marathon. But what have we learned? How do we make some sense of this world that has changed around us?

After some reflection, and many discussions with patients, friends & family, here are the lessons I came up with: 1) Patience is one of our greatest skills. It can be one of the most difficult attributes to put into practice, however, it is one of the most valuable skills to nurture and grow. 2) Having a kind heart can be the hardest thing to remember in hard times, but its value is beyond measure.

We have seen a time we never thought possible. The devastation and the numbers of people lost are unfathomable. We are pushing through the other side, not quite sure what has happened. But if we can all remember to just be a little softer, a little lighter and a little kinder, we are able to provide the support others need to be inspired and feel supported. 3) Is there really a reason we can’t keep wearing yoga pants and trackie pants every day, for every event….ever? Life’s too short for anyone to care right? 4) Hugs have a higher value than gold. I have heard so much about hugs from many of you this week. With the vaccine reaching more and more people, it seems to be one of the highlights that most are looking forward to! Spread the love by holding someone tight today. 5) Never hesitate to let someone know how much you care for them. Reflecting on the impermanence of life is standard. However, I’ve never seen a time in my life where so many people have been faced with so much fear, illness and devastation. I don’t think any of us could have ever imagined seeing the last year in our lifetime. But, it does give us the tremendous opportunity to appreciate the family and friends and even strangers we all see, every day. Day in and day out I appreciate all of you and thank you for being a part of my world. “May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future” – Old Irish Blessing

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