If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
– Lao Tzu
My world has come to a stop and the rest of the world is following.
The Australian Government has announced extreme lockdown measures in an attempt to defend against the spread of the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. With my high comorbidity rate, I am taking the whole thing very seriously on the advice from my doctor “if you get the virus, I don’t rate your chances of recovery.”
Social isolation is a thing that I, probably like most people, have never given a great deal of thought to. Part of the reason that I have been able to function so effectively as a single person is because of the love and support in the rest of my life – I have an outstanding social life; am never short of someone to do something/discuss something/share something with; have numerous “plus ones” (some of who count as A-Grade eye-candy); since not having been able to have children of my own since my early thirties, I am still surrounded by numerous young people; however when all of that is taken away it is hard being all by yourself.
Moreover, those staples of physical contact (my weekly massage and fortnightly trip to my chiropractor) that keep my physically body humming along so well, have now also been curtailed. This is almost of more concern to me than anything else. Not touching other human beings is hard, particularly when you are single. Humans are social and tactile beings, it has only been a few weeks and already I can feel the strain on my psyche.
In truth my opening statement is only partially true. My “physcial-functioning-with-other-people” world has come to a stop. In point of fact, I have had more contact with more people that I haven’t heard from in a while, than ever. This has been lovely. Nevertheless, I am spending a lot of time in contact with people on the phone or on my computer and this is not so lovely – electronic communication is no where near as satisfying as in person contact. I am only glad that I am a little older, had I been in my twenties I would definitely be climbing the walls by now.
The other rather strange thing that has happened is that while many people are being furloughed or laid-off as employers work out exactly how this global pandemic is going to effect them, the project is steaming ahead – though, of course, not at all in the way that we expected.
The Lao Tzu quote at the beginning of the post has stuck in my mind since I read it. Sometimes we really are heading in the wrong direction, particularly if we can’t adapt to changing circumstances. This project seems every increasingly about letting go of preconceived ideas, ideas of the head, ideas of the ego (everything we normally hold dear?) and fearlessly riding the wave of reality, the frequency of what is, the vibrations of the heart.
As we make a decision to take the project in a different direction from the one that we thought, it feels right, and the ride is getting wilder.
I posted the picture of the frangipani flowers as a reminder of how delicate and transient life is – those flowers having dropped today will be decaying tomorrow.