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"It was the best of times...

hope pandemic support Mar 16, 2020

...it was the worst of times..."

When Charles Dickens wrote the opening lines of "A Tale of Two Cities" he was speaking of very different times, but how apt that expression seems right now! (Scroll down to see the full opening paragraph and see whether you think it resonates with current events).

You might be nodding at that statement, or you might be raising an eyebrow and thinking - the best of times? Has she lost her mind? I don't blame you. People are ill, people are losing their livelihoods, people are losing the folks they love prematurely - please don't think I'm making light of that. If you've been reading these blogs for a while or receiving my weekly emails, you'll know I am not a fan of relentless positivity. I have been on the rollercoaster of disbelief, confusion and fear too, but in this crisis as in all others, I do try to heed the legendary Mr Rogers and "look for the helpers".

We have all seen the constant news stories of people behaving in the worst ways - the more we watch the same stories over and over the more it feeds into our psyche. We need to know what's going on, but we don't need to dwell there, on the dark side.

So please - tell me: what have you personally seen, heard of, experienced that can remind us of the best of humanity, or shows an upside to our enforced slow down? My list includes:

  • That the world is getting a break from mass pollution for a while and we will have a chance to actually measure what that means for the environment. What if that translates into the kind of legislation that will make a difference?
  • Local communities, including mine, are mobilising to take care of each other. This is huge - I have lived on this street for over 10 years and barely know anyone. I wouldn't know most of my neighbours if I bumped into them on the street - people keep themselves to themselves. Could we begin to reverse the isolation and loneliness so many people feel in our insulated communities?
  • We are all being forced to stop rushing about, to spend time with ourselves. What if we use the headspace that creates to begin to create happier lives for ourselves?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

Will you help me to fill our social media feeds with messages of hope? Will you share the posts from the Midlife Movement and others who are doing the same so that we can gain some perspective?

Here are the links:

The Midlife Movement Facebook Page

The Free Facebook Group

The Midlife Movement on Instagram

Did you know...Every time you engage with The Midlife Movement on Social media, whether by liking the page, joining the group, liking posts on Facebook and Instagram and - most especially - commenting, you are helping us to reach more women like you, some of whom might really need a little support at this time. While this isn't all about income, the fact is that some of those women will go on to become Members of the Midlife Movement. which not only helps them, but enables me to continue to create and distribute the free content like this blog, the podcast and the new Masterclasses that Members will soon be able to enjoy. So thank you in anticipation for your support - it really does mean the world to me as well as make a difference in the lives of hundreds of midlife women. Love Jo

 

 

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