Parole Denied - Day 21

Free at last! Free at last ! Thank God Almighty..Nope. not happening. Not today! Go back inside you son of a gun!

Lockdown has been long and hard. In our household we've been comfortable, warm and entertained. We've been having online hilarity with loved ones, hugs, cuddles, giggles and chores with each other. And we've baked. More than I suspect I have baked in 5 years. I won't lie. In many ways it's been super. We've bonded as a family and we've grown as individuals. We've done some business, and we have even been good, contributing citizens. Give us a pat on the back!

Okay, that last bit was a bit facetious. Uncool. There's no part of me that is not grateful for all the blessings that have been visited upon us over these past weeks. I even include the terrible rage I felt on a few occasions, the grief, the worry, the disbelief and the rolling bouts of sadness.

It's just that I feel like I've been stuck on an idyllic little perch, while the world around me is being tossed with crazy ferocity. Every single normal, good or bad has been dislodged and the pieces are scattered and some are confiscated, never to be returned.

Far, far, far too many are hungry and cold and homeless and lonely and underserved. And that's on a good day in Sunny S.A.

Add a lockdown, and our socio-economic issues compound and will keep compounding for a significant time beyond the lifting of the lockdown. I'm not suggesting that the lockdown should not be in place. In fact, I think it should be extended. Winter is coming and that alone is a crisis for many.

But, here's the big but; lockdown cannot be treated as a medical and a security crisis. It has to be treated as a humanitarian crisis.

Our government cannot sustain a food and warmth response to the millions of people who need support. We as communities can though. More accurate to the needs a specific community can, than a removed, far away government department can. And I'm not throwing shade at the government. It just is what it is.

If lockdown gets extended, we are going to have to get a lot more radical in the support extended to our neighbours near and distant.

We're also going to have to manufacture the numerous much-needed goods and design services to get it out there safely.

So Government, you've got to figure out how to cut us some slack so we can do what we need to do.

That was a bit of a ramble and I don't want to dwell on it. I think that there are a lot of platforms where this conversation is starting to take shape. I'll add my two pence there.

The world is physically changing around me. Green is making way for soft yellows and these yellows will brown over the next few days and weeks. Some browns are already covering our streets. Winter is upon us.

My kids are climbing into our clothes. They look so odd in the clothing they wore so smartly just under a year ago. Is it normal for people to grow this much in 10-11 months?

Tomorrow we have to clear their warm stuff out. If they have no use for it, we have to get it to people who will have use for it.

Our sweeties have gotten low. I love sweets. The chewier, the better. Because they're low, I went rummaging. I found these from 3 Christmases ago. The expiry date is two years ago, but what the hay! The chocolate ended up being white and crumbly crusty. We ate it anyway. No-one is needing any medical support, so I guess we're gonna survive it. Hallihaa. Like they would say in CT, 'Os is uitgevriet.'

I want to remember these days. But I'm not sure I will continue with the Covid Chronicles on a daily basis. I want to keep writing, but chronicling these days in this manner may not be the best way to do it. So I will do it with less frequency and mix it up a bit.

My heart is yearning to get out into spaces where I can help. I am a coach. I help people to cope better, work better, lead better and live better. How do you need to be helped and supported? Chat to me about what you're interested to hear more about. I'll do my best to put it out there.

I'm running regular free Resilience and Resourcefulness sessions. If you need a boost in this aspect of your life, connect with me, and I will share the dates and links with you.

My brain is feeling clogged right now, so I'm calling it a day.

Oh, one last thing, if your blood and health is good, please donate. The country is desperately low on blood. Think of it as an outing. To my muslim friends and family, we start fasting in a few days. We have to get to the blood services before then.

Remember, you, me, we; together, we are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion. This is part of a quote by Rumi. The greatness that lies within us is alive. The greatest wonder is that we are here at all, in a world that could become a paradise if we all reached out to each other in love. I sit here, and I wonder about you, and that gives me a connection. You and I are the Universe, my friend, and as we dance together, in service of our humanity, we spin in ecstatic motion. Eternally.

Whatever happens today, the sun will rise tomorrow. Together, we will rise tomorrow.

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