A few years ago, I wrote a book called ‘The Lessons’. It was written as a gift to my niece who was leaving South Africa for Israel. It contains 22 ‘lessons for life’ – things I have learned and that I wanted her to carry with her. It is far from perfect, and not all original. I have learned so much from so many wise souls. I have endeavoured, wherever possible, to acknowledge and credit these teachers.
It is my take on ways to live with purpose. I am going to post one lesson, on Facebook, for every day of this weird lockdown time in which we find ourselves, with a little Corona ‘twist’ added to the mix. I am doing it mainly for myself – there are a lot of hours to fill these days! If some of the lessons help some of you, great. Either way, it gives me something to add to my morning rituals. Finding meaning and purpose at this time is no less important than at any time.
For Corona Time
Blog Goes Live – Lockdown Day 19
I began posting my daily missives and my Facebook friends began responding. Some of them began sharing the posts and I began to get friend requests from strangers and comments from friends of friends. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and extremely encouraging. Lockdown was providing many people, within my Facebook circle, with time for introspection. The posts were landing and resonating. My joy at having created a daily ritual, filled with meaning and purpose, for myself grew daily. Some days were hard, and I shared this openly too. I have long wanted to create a website and Corona Time seemed as good a time as any to stop procrastinating. Thank you to my friend Anton Olivier who rose to the challenge.
The blogs became a book and now we live our lives with Covid-19 as a reality. I trust that 22 Lessons will provide you with food for thought and ways to survive in 2020 AC (After Corona) and beyond.
A Note of Realism
At numerous points throughout the posts, I am at pains to point out that Corona Time has a different meaning for each of us. I am very aware that many are suffering – both economically and health wise. My empathy levels have never been higher. I have endeavoured, and will continue, to assist those less fortunate than myself wherever I can. At the same time, I can only live my reality. These blog posts are a glimpse into that reality. I wish you love and strength as we navigate our new AC lives.
“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
― Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, A Life For A Life