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R is for Remember

A couple of days ago I looked out my two Passports (of the electronic kind) to look at the photos stored on them, some of which go back to 1979!   As we’ve looked at them some have made us laugh, some are pretty awful, and many of them have been reminders of days out and family holidays, significant events and people, and times of much fun and laughter.

To build your personal resilience today, go and pull out some random photos or a photo album from before the selfie took over, and revisit some of the times that you thought were significant enough to capture.  Go laugh at what’s fun, remember important moments, and revisit happy times.  Write a list of 10 people you have photos of and get in touch with them.  You have a vast store of happy memories – what a resource to revisit at this time. 

Affirmation: “I am accessing my memory to build resilience by remembering happy times!”

Resilience Alphabet – S is for Senses

If I live to be 100 and look back on my life, one of my moments of wonder will be sitting alone on Kaikoura beach at 5.30am in the morning waiting for the sun to rise. I left the campsite in darkness with camera and crossed over the railway to find a place to sit on the sand and wait.

I could see as the light started to come up a fisherman way along the other side of the beach, and apart from that nothing but the everchanging lightshow that lasted about 30 minutes. I have about 30 photos. I particularly love this one because of the contrast of the darkness of the sea, and that ball of light turning the sky to orange.

All was silent, except the rhythmic sound of the waves, entrancing and soothing, constant and re-assuring. I could feel the cool sand, and feel the gentle morning breeze, and internally I can still remember that feeling of wonder at being part of this amazing natural phenomenon that happens every morning and was happening in that place whilst my friends back home would be sound asleep. The smell and taste of the salty air completed the experience, and I simply sat and absorbed it all.

All of life is experienced through our senses… yes all of life. As we continue through this personal journey of COVID-19, and seek to maintain our own resilience, take 5 minutes today, or more if you can manage it and loose yourself in your senses. Be conscious of your ability to see, hear, feel, smell and taste as you look out of your window, go for your daily exercise, walk round your garden, look at a magazine or whatever opportunity you get today to simply stop, and wonder.

This sunrise photo reminds me that the sun rises at a different time around the world. Wherever you are reading this today, Stay Safe.

Resilience Alphabet – R is for Remember and Rainbow

I decided a couple of days ago to look out my two Passports (of the electronic kind) and have a look at the photos I have stored on them, some of which go back to 1979! As we’ve looked at them some have made us laugh, some are pretty awful, and many of them have been reminders of days out and family holidays, significant events and people, and times of much fun and laughter.

In terms of your personal resilience today I recommend you go and pull out some random photos or a photo album from some previous year, and revisit some of the times that you thought were significant enough to capture. Go laugh at what’s fun, remember important moments, and revisit happy times. It’s interesting that in the last 10 years the subject matter of photos has changed significantly with the development of mobile phones… go back before the pre-selfie age!

And if you are of the activist persuasion, write down 10 places you have been on holiday that you would like to revisit and create a bucket list; or write down 10 people you have photos of that you haven’t spoken to in a while and track them down. You have a vast store of happy memories – what a resource to revisit at this time.

It would have been odd to go through the Alphabet right now and not include Rainbow. The Rainbow has been a symbol of hope and promise to many from earliest times: a visible sign of hope beyond the storm, giving us reassurance that the storm will have an end point. Remember the Rainbow today, and as you do Remember too those who are not having a holiday today because they are working on our behalf.