Even though I cannot visit the branches in person I am still connected to you all as I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Now as the restrictions lift, we need to have courage, develop trust and confidence in doing things again. We cannot let Covid-19 overwhelm us, we must try to learn how to deal with it in a way that makes life liveable but different.
Above all let us stay safe by following HSE and government advice based on scientific evidence. “There are no longer detailed rules in place imposed by the State, everybody in society will now exercise their own judgement and take personal responsibility for decisions that they make. NPHET has asked that physical distancing be maintained while cocooning for over 70’s will continue to be recommended.” Covid-19 will continue to be a threat to the world.
We have to start reliving our lives, start building relationships and having fun. Human connection is essential in a lonely world. There was a palpable feeling of excitement and elation when we were permitted to travel within 20km of our homes while still avoiding unnecessary journeys. It felt like getting back to normal living but situations are not as they were. Life has changed. Disappointment, grief, mourning, loss of what used to be can set in. Village life has changed, businesses have closed, shutters are drawn on old businesses and way of life.
If 2020 is telling us anything it is telling us to enjoy the moments we have, don’t take any day, anything or anyone for granted. We cannot control what is happening around us but we can control how we respond.
Everyone has a personal story of what life was like in isolation. Friends recovered from the virus which gave us hope but sadly too we lost loved ones which caused great pain, people suffered in isolation not being able to bury the dead surrounded by the support of community and loved ones. To those suffering bereavement I extend my sincere sympathy.
We now need a flexible mindset. Identify the light at the end of the tunnel, adopt positive coping skills. Take care of yourself, listen to reliable news bulletins, set goals, try to follow a daily routine. Go easy on yourself. Be kind to yourself. You are valued and cherished. Eat well. Sleep well. Stay strong.
Let us Care and Connect and Love each other