Welcome to Day 4 of the RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! We’d like to introduce you to an amazingly supportive RWISA member, Author, Wendy Jayne Scott, who is also RWISA President. Take a peek at her writing below…
In March 2020, with only a few days warning, alongside the rest of New Zealand, I was plunged into total lockdown. Saying this was a surreal experience is an understatement. As none of us knew how long this altered state would last, what this meant for our jobs, or the financial or health repercussions. We’d become entangled into the twilight zone of Covid-19. UNPRECEDENTED, screamed from the headlines alongside worldwide body counts and estimated infection rates. No compass existed to guide us out of the pandemic fog shrouding our futures. We were confined to our specified people bubbles.
Teddy Bears sprouted up window ledges and letter boxes, a sign of hope and solidarity, signalling to passers-by that even though 2 meter distances and masks now ruled our physical world, we were together in our hearts. I remember gathering, with my son, at the end of our driveway, in the predawn, to pay homage to our fallen ANZAC soldiers. Dawn parades were cancelled for the first time in 104 years. The haunting bugle tone of ‘The Last Post’ filtered from an unseen neighbour’s gateway and shivers resonated along my spine.
During lockdown, I had a choice of how I would respond to my altered reality. Black voids of despair, conspiracy theories, and fake news plied for my sanity. Yet, sunlight glistened on the tall summer grasses in my yard, my son’s laughter trickled on the breeze, and my dogs’ tails wagged like helicopter rotors, ecstatic to have their human pals home 24/7. So, I chose to focus on becoming a healthier and happier version of me, and a positive role-model for my son.
Fast forward to February 2021, New Zealand is no longer in lockdown, but our borders are heavily restricted, and the new media buzz words are QUARANTINE and VACCINE. Uncertainty looms like a bloated storm cloud. Fears of further job losses and financial ruin taint our summer days. Staying positive is harder to maintain under this sustained assault of negative news.
Changes are happening. Although, I fight against the dismantling of my comfortable world, my will alone doesn’t curb the tidal jetsam from Covid-19, so I must adapt to this foreign landscape.
Since lockdown, I’ve embraced personal development, focusing inward, aware that I may not be in a position to influence external circumstances, but I can take responsibility for myself. Being positive is easy when life is rosy, yet it is how I react when life is battering away at my defences that define me as a person.
Here are my top tips for positivity:
- Express your gratitude every day for what you do have
- Show and tell your loved ones how much you care for them and hug them (if you can)
- Use your creativity!!!! Keep feeding your creative addictions
- Resonate with nature by strolling on the beach, sniff garden flowers, or listen to birdsong
- Smile more, at everyone, this is the right kind of contagious! If a mask hides your mouth, then smile through your eyes!
- Be kind, laugh, and dance – play music that lifts your spirit
So, smile, and join me in singing and dancing into the light.
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I enjoy Wendy’s focus on rising above the adversity by focusing on the positive. Thanks for sharing her piece, Shirley! 🙂
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Hi Robbie, sadly, without international tourists, many NZ businesses have disappeared or are struggling, and facing financial ruin. The government doesn’t seem to care about the stress this is causing or offering any sustainable help to small businesses. It would be easy to become overwhelmed! Thank goodness you have cake-therapy in your household!! xxx
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Thanks, Shirley, for hosting Wendy. She’s such an awesome writer. She’s so hopeful in her post. I wish I could share her enthusiasm and hopefulness. I too have been worried about the businesses that have closed; however, many of the businesses that have survived have done so because they have figured out creative ways to do so. I have been amazed to see the innovations in businesses that have survived and yet mourn the ones who haven’t. The music festivals I count on for solace are now online (I’m listening to one as I write). I hope the musicians survive–their travel has been impacted as well. But–on the bright side, there are about 100 folk music DJs (as I am) around the country (and in other countries) playing their music, getting it out to listeners. We’re hearing from listeners that they’re so happy we’re still “on the job.”
I look to RRBC and the blogs for more inspiration. I thank you all for being here.
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Hi Robbie and Welcome Wendy!
Robbie, here in the states my sadness stems from the fact that not only does our new president have to come into office trying to get control of the pandemic which has gotten completely out of control under the former president, but he has to correct the fake news saying that He, Biden, didn’t win the election. I hate to break it to Trump, but the people wanted him out and so he lost. Trump completely decimated our economy with his do-nothing solution to Covid. It is outrageous that he did nothing but create an uprising against our government and I’m so angry about it. I have yet to get my Covid vaccine but it is slowly being carried out and so I must continue to stay inside and wear a mask and keep my distance.
I’m really sad about all of this because it didn’t have to be like this. If one country messes up, we are all at risk until all countries gain control of this deadly virus. We are in this together.
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Thanks, Shirley, you are right – across the globe, we are all in this together. What we do impacts others! Stay safe, my friend xxx
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Hi Shirley, great to see Wendy featured here. I couldn’t help thinking when I read her post, how little is said about the financial impact of Covid-19 and the lockdowns on people and societies. I have been wondering if it is only South Africa which has been so badly hit as so little is mentioned about job losses and businesses being ruined. I am glad she chose to look on the bright side. I’ve tried to do that all along, but I think a second lockdown winters going to be a little tougher than last year.
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