A few weeks ago I couldn’t sleep. I lay thinking about the lockdown and the new way of life we were all having to adapt to.
I felt the urge to write down the events of my day to day existence. For complicated reasons I have not been able to stay in my home for the lockdown and am living with my brother in law(Bil) in Glasgow. So it is a strange time for me.
Then I thought what about others? Those in different living circumstance to me. I spoke to some online friends and a project was born that will eventually be published.
This will go down as an unusual period in history. I expect many people will be keeping an account of what they feel each day. It is a constructive thing to do when you are not in control of your personal world.
Seven different diaries.
Seven quotes from others highlighting their experience.
- Missy began the seven days with her post, which can be found here
- Jae followed up with day 2, which can be found here
- MLSlave took the day 3 slot which can be found here
- His Lordship wrote about the 4th day which you can read here
- Sweetgirl followed on with the 5th day which you can find here
- Posy continued with Day 6 and you can read it here
I would like to thank all these writers for sharing such a personal account. And who knows maybe in the future readers will look back on what we have written as a reference to this strange time we are globally living through.
We have all been adding a day to our blog to show a snip-it of what our diaries are like. This is an excerpt of my Day 7.
Seven Days in April
Day 7 ~ April 7th
Some of the architecture in Glasgow is very impressive and I looked up at the tall tenements as I walked over to the Necropolis. I have a thing about grave yards in general but this must be one of the most incredible in the world. Born from a time when Glasgow was the second most powerful city in the empire. The graves span a massive area and contain all kinds of different people from the past. Including Barons and such like.
As I strolled around I passed others on their daily walk and we nodded to each other. That often happens in the country side but hardly ever in a city. People were acknowledging each other as way of recognising that we are united by the hardship of this dreadful time we are all going through. It buoyed me a little and felt like a moment of grace.
I did a lot of work on my blog today and apart from feeling physically weak was OK. I don’t mind isolation. My man and I live a lot of our time together miles away from others. So that aspect is not causing me a problem. I think it is more not being in my own home. When we are working we care for animals which I miss greatly – but we are outdoors a lot and in in large spaces. The animals seem to add a soulful dimension to my life and help me to adapt to not being at home. Now, here I am in a small living space and feel like I’m putting Bil out too.
One thing I think everyone shares at the moment is the effect of not being able to plan. I don’t expect some people have too much problem with the lock down. Many can get on with jobs at home or play games. But what we all have in common is not being able to look to the future. That messes with a mind, making life feel like a kind of limbo. The truth is at this moment we don’t know when this is going to end. Or, when we will be allowed to go back to work or indeed think about taking a holiday. Nothing is certain.
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In the diary entry I mention grace. I didn’t mean this as a religious concept – even though I was walking around a grave yard attached to a cathedral. Grace to me is something that we all should search for on a daily basis. Small or huge moments that light your way or stop the tears from falling.
I believe in me and I believe in grace. Over my life time I have experienced the feeling of grace while reading a book, suddenly a line of words cleared the fog in my brain and I knew I was going to be OK.
Grace blessed me when my whole family didn’t die in an accident which the police said should have killed us all.
Love allows our spirit to grow and enables us to be receptive to moments of grace that fill our hearts and help us overcome anything with the knowledge that – higher things than us exist in the world.
Hope for the Future
With regards to hope, the best I can ask for for is a better world for my children and god-children. One where love abounds and moments of grace illuminates their way…