Staying Connected in Challenging Times
Every year brings with it new challenges and new opportunities. Nonetheless, it would have been hard to imagine 2020 unfolding quite the way it has - especially in the last week. The spread of COVID-19, and the subsequent shutdown of schools, businesses, and events, has been a definite shock to the system. This has touched the lives of almost everyone across the globe in some way, shape, or form, and it's brought with it a clear sense of unease and uncertainty.
At times like this - when our daily routines are uprooted entirely and we're forced to make countless unexpected sacrifices in the name of health and safety - it becomes increasingly important to take a step back and be appreciative of what we have. Our families; our communities; a place to call home. The world around us might seem a little bit foreign right now, but the things we really value in our lives remain constant. Although it's understandable to feel a sense of loneliness and isolation as our daily social experiences become restricted, remember that the connections we make as humans go much deeper. The people in our lives who we care about will still be there when this temporary arrangement passes. It's admirable to think about how society, and the individuals it's comprised of, have mobilized and made significant sacrifices, in order to ensure the safety of at-risk friends, neighbours and family members. Even in a time of great adversity, and social separation, people are banding together around the common good.
So here's the question we're posing: how can you nurture a sense of meaning and connection to the world around you, while still being conscientious? This is an excellent opportunity to rediscover activities that bring you fulfilment, as small or large as they may be. Our motto implores people to "reconnect to simple wonders", and perhaps this is the most important time to do so. Take comfort in the simple pleasures around you, and find excitement in life wherever you can.
We're extremely fortunate to live on the land that we do. Spending time in nature -and being intentional about embracing the beautiful landscape around us - becomes even more refreshing at a time like this; even when it seems like the world stops around you, the ecological systems that surround us are as dynamic and vibrant as ever. Please feel free to get in touch with us at any time, if you have any questions or you're just looking to chat. We always relish the opportunity to engage with you; perhaps now more than ever.
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