Common Sense comes from different and sometimes unexpected, sources.
It’s amazing where sayings, statements or even facts come from, the ones that really make you stop and take notice that is. Let us explain, we are really fortunate to have a son living in America. His inlaws regularly keep in touch with us, which is why we had our attention directed to a recent article in the New York Times (isn’t the Internet amazing?!) The article, written by Sarah Lyall was entilted ‘We have all hit a wall’ and the opening phrase reads ‘Many of us are having a hard time concentrating these days.’ She quotes someone else who says ‘I am just so exhausted all the time …….. but I am accomplishing way less.’ Apparently, the writer shares in the article, when people are under a long period of chronic, unpredictable stress, they lose the ability to take pleasure in their activities, get lethargic and show a lack of interest. This article really struck a cord with us as it seemed to find the words to describe exactly how we were both feeling! We are sure we are not the only people who have found our enthusiasm sapped, our energies depleted and our joy levels diminished after 13 months of this awful virus. So what’s to be done?
Well, the answer is simple – do something - the trick is knowing what that ‘something’ should be! For some people it will be a walk in the sunshine, others a pint in a beer garden, some will feel refreshed after a swim, for others it will be having a picnic with family in a park, a foot massage or facial; we believe the answer is to do that thing that helps you feel less stressed, the sort of thing where your shoulders finally relax and sag a bit instead of being held tense and closer to your neck than they should be. In returning to hosting those support activities Hope Trust delivers, we can see the benefit of people coming along for a Monday walk, a chat, or even enjoying a mug of tea someone else has made for them!
Some people may also have to be very brave and try to find new things to engage in, and with. A part-time job, or volunteering are great ways to meet new people as well as supporting people or organisations in these post pandemic days. Joining social or activity groups that you might not have had the time to be a part of previously may be helpful, and fun, especially as the Spring turns into Summer and the nights are lighter, longer. Or it may be a chance to confront the reality of a recent bereavement by coming along to Hope Trust’s 4-week Bereavement Support Group which will be hosted from 10th May to 7th June. So, whatever you choose, we really hope it works out, replenishes those empty tanks and helps you get back to a better, more positive, place.
We are going to give Albert Einstein the final words – written on a café blackboard – ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow.’ You see, common sense really does come from many different sources!