Like so many of us, Chief and I have had to adjust our lives and join the global effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. After returning from Adelaide and the wedding that never happened, I joined the millions of home-workers around the world and set up my office space. Unlike some of my co-workers, I don’t have children at home interrupting me every five minutes and I can only imagine that this would be a massive challenge in itself; you would need the patience of a saint, and I admire you!
It was important for me to develop a new routine, I’ve worked from home in a previous job and it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s lonely and isolating. There are too many distractions like the fridge and the household chores, and it’s easy to spend over your normal working hours just checking that one last email.
There are plenty of tips for developing best home-working practices out there. One I am finding surprisingly useful is leaving the house and taking a quick walk around the block as if you are ‘going to work’. At the end of the day, do the same so you are cutting off that work connection and ‘going’ home. Exercise is so important during these days of self-isolation and I begin my day with a mindful walk around the neighbourhood. Being present and not worrying about ‘stuff’ is a good practice to develop but one I admit to finding challenging at the moment.
Chief and I have been avoiding the news other than what we need to know. Needless to say escapism has become our distraction and by Thursday evening we had watched two James Bond films, Die Hard and Leathal Weapon 1 and 2. I mentioned that it would make a pleasant change to watch a film that didn’t have gun fire throughout, so last night we rewatched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The cast includes some of Britain’s treasures – Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Celia Imris and Bill Nighy. If you haven’t seen it yet, by the end, India will have been added to your ‘countries I must visit when all this is over’ list, if it isn’t already on it. The vivid colours, and the breathtaking scenery, the people and the smiles will have you wanting to visit.
Dame Judi’s character Evelyn Greenslade has some wonderful quotes which I think were adapted from the Deborah Moggach novel of the same name. I wanted to share a couple with you.
“The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment.”Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Everything will be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright, trust me, it’s not the end.Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Both of these quotes are topical at the moment; we are all trying our hardest not to fail in the fight against this pandemic that we have found ourselves in. Clearly we are not at the end either as ‘trust me, everything is not alright’.unsplash-logoDerek Story