It’s spring, but not as we know it

Today is the spring equinox here in UK.  At last the long nights are over, the days will be longer than the nights from now on.  I am certainly stirring much earlier to the sound of the birds in the garden.

I love the equinoxes, and the solstices for that matter, I like these moments where we acknowledge the effects of the sun and nature on our lives.  Especially for this city dweller, whose exposure to nature is more limited.

The start of spring is a time of hope for me most years and today will not be different.  Without hope, this period of distance from others will be hard.  So my focus this morning is on all the good things.

We’ve been without physical Scouting for all of three days in the UK and yet there is virtual scouting happening already and I know many volunteers are putting plans in place to meet up online next week.  Work is moving apace to create activities young people can do at home, but still part of a group.  So much creativity and determination to keep communities together.

Choirs seem to be determined to keep going.  Gareth Malone is creating a virtual choir, a friend has invited me to Sofa Singers and my husband’s physical choir is working on how to move their weekly rehearsal online. 

I have long used Yoga With Adriene at home and now other teachers are moving that way, I have heard of a Tai Chi class being live streamed and have just signed up for a yoga nidra sound bath this weekend.

Online book groups are flourishing apparently and my own Facebook book group has spent the week discussing whatever we’re reading now and recommending books for the time we may have available for reading now.

My son recommended a programme for playing games together (not free), the RSC has made recordings of its productions available online.  There are museums you can visit virtually.  I am sure there will be so many other things we can do over the coming weeks.  For today as we start spring, the creativity and sense of community that is springing up is giving me lots of hope.

“More questions than answers”

Somebody has just been quoted on the news as saying that an announcement yesterday leaves them with “more questions than answers” – well that is stating the obvious in these strange times.  I am now working from home until 15th June.  

But for now, I am not thinking that far ahead, I just can’t, I can’t get my head around summer yet – it’s mid-March.  And as the expert on the news says, there are few answers in my head right now, but a lot of questions.  Which is understandable.  Unprecedented means that no one has experience of living in a country where we start to isolate from in each other.  I am still not clear what it means now, but that’s ok for now.

Monday evening I thought and chatted about the effects of this on Scouts. Tuesday was spent working out what this means for work.  In amongst it all is the emotional work of sorting out what it means for the whole family.

Yesterday I felt agitated, I was physically discombobulated as well as having all the questions we all do.  It was the first day that three of us were working from home so it was hard to settle as people had to retrieve items from work places, try and figure out where they can work in our house and so on.  I failed to get out for a walk first thing, which was silly of me.

So today is about accepting there are lots of questions and there are few answers yet.  But we’ll get to the answers very soon.  And today is about being clear about what helps: having a routine; writing a blog; running outside; not listening to the news; taking regular breaks from work to get outside; being patient with each other as we settle down.