A year has passed – what have we learned?
We had more than we needed
We could get by with less
We need things less than we believed; we need people more than we realised
The reality of mental ill health, its ubiquity
A year has passed – what have we lost?
time with loved ones;
the pleasures of socialising; leisurely time in coffee shops
Many – too many – have lost jobs
Too many have lost loved ones
Almost all of us have had to borrow from our future
For boomers of my generation it’s the end of the free ride, it’s a long farewell to our plans for retirement
A year has passed – what have we gained?
A guilty sense of responsibility for a planet despoiled
Humility as we saw so many so much worse off
Appreciation of the good we had
Understanding without judgement
Neighbours – they were there all the time and we never knew them
We know our loved ones better.
Desiderata – we have learned we can go slowly amid noise and haste
Can we be better?