THE THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED

It’s strange times we live in. Being asked to stay at home except for essential trips, and to maintain social distancing are great reminders of the normal things we take for granted.

A minor example: my watch stopped working, and I would usually pop into town and get a new battery inserted – but the places that do that are closed. No one is having their hair trimmed or their nails done. There are no yoga classes or gyms –and yes, you can find replacements to do it remotely on-line, but it’s not the same.

And the biggest gap in our normality is all those casual relationships that we don’t even think of – the everyday human contact, with shop assistants, people in the street, the postman or delivery person, the other people at the gym or class. They are only brief exchanges, and we may not even know their name, but they enliven our days and often give us reason to smile.

We are biologically designed to interconnect with others – it is a basic human drive. The upturn in the use of zoom, facetime, skype etc. is an indicator of that. People are making a big effort to keep in touch with those they are close to. But these other relationships are also really important – I’m certainly missing them.

So maybe in future, when we are able to go about our normal daily business, we will take a little more time to appreciate the simple human interactions we take for granted: speak to the bank clerk, the shop assistant, the people who smile on the street, the refuse collectors, the delivery person. They all contribute to our well-being and our need to be connected, to have human contact.

(By the way, since I wrote this, I have had a house fire – and it means I have had to move in with my son and daughter-in-law until the repairs can be done. I now have a greater sympathy with those who are not in their own home with those things we take for granted – so please appreciate your own bed, your own chairs etc. They also contribute to our wellbeing and make our home our own place of peace and refuge – so love being with them during this period!)

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4 Responses to THE THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED

  1. Christopher Cooper April 13, 2020 at 11:25 am #

    Di, so sorry to hear about the fire. Hope you are ok. best wishes to you and Jo

  2. Bridget Garnish April 14, 2020 at 9:57 am #

    Oh my goodness Di so sorry to hear about the fire – I hope you and anything precious to you are well. Sending you warm thoughts and stay safe.

  3. Richard Heathcote April 14, 2020 at 11:42 am #

    Di, so sorry to hear of the fire and I echo Bridget’s thoughts, give yourself lots of big hugs. Love to Jo & Katie too. As if we don’t have enough to put up with.

    Thanks for the blog and also finding interactions with call centres/tele-sales are very different with folk actually being interested in how each other are. There are positives.

    Love Rich.

  4. Liz Ditchburn April 14, 2020 at 1:29 pm #

    Sorry to hear about the fire – and thank goodness for Jo and Katie. Drink plenty of wine and laugh lots – it’s the only way through this.
    Love to all of you
    Liz xx

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