Zoom Zoom

We’re starting to see a slackening of restrictions and pondering next moves. There’s an excitement around the campground. People huddle around great maps of Australia considering the next stop in information exchanges about must-sees and dos. State borders that closed at the start of the pandemic, remain so, as are regional borders here in Western Australia (WA).

This post may be two days behind the 30 April deadline but that’s no reason not to celebrate what has been a great month of blogging and reflection. Thanx to COVID-19 we hit the pause and finally the stop button. For some of us it took a while to accept the pause and a while longer to sit in our enforced bubbles and take stock. Take stock, first of our situation, then ourselves before we broadened our outlook to take in a wider perspective of how we move forward.

I like to think we’ll emerge more resilient to external events and stronger in our understanding of how little control we have over much in our day-to-day lives. It seems to me with that understanding comes a calm and a relaxing into what we have control over. And when we realise how little we can control we are aware too of how manageable that small area of control is.

I say thanx to the virus because it was a timely reminder of what is important. Bringing us to a complete halt was the only way we, as a collective, were going to do that.

While humanity has zoomed in on a month of present moments (mindfulness), we are now emerging into a wider perspective during which we take what we’ve learned and carry it forward.

Or will we?

Will we pay it forward in solidarity and fresh understanding of our fragility? Or will we head the charge into post-pandemic chaos: economic and emotional chaos that is.

For me, it has been a great time. I’m sorry for the deaths and hardships of others and rather than detract from all we have learned, it adds an empathy and compassion long neglected.

We’ve done enough navel gazing. It’s time to zoom out and look further afield. To consider the roles we step into once we leave home: our areas of influence and the communities in which we live.

For me, I’m hoping to keep the gems I’ve mined in this opportunity to stop, contemplate and adjust away from life-as-we-knew-it. There has been less ruminating over the what-ifs and more sitting in the what is. At the risk of sounding one-flew-over-the-cuckoo-nest it has been strangely calming.

I am curious how others unpacked their anxieties during these times and what, if any, changes are likely to stick beyond 2020.

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This is the final post in a month-long blogging challenge. In April each year bloggers from around the globe gathered to post 6/7 days each week as we worked our way through the alphabet.

6 thoughts on “Zoom Zoom

  1. Linda, I’m with you on your thoughts here. This enforced respite from my usual life has made me think of what’s really important. I was on a busy treadmill of activities because that was my norm. I’ve learned it’s ok to hang out at home. And I’m hoping I carry this forward when this is over. (I’m sorry, though, that I didn’t get to see your country on my recent trip. Covid closure. I saw just the Melbourne skyline from my ship and then went directly to the airport on my way back to the States. So close snd yet so far.) Lois in South Dakota (Also, I’ve not heard of the April A to Z blogging challenge. Sounds fun.)

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    • Thank you for the visit and stopping to comment Lois. Maybe there will be a next time for a visit to Australia. Pleased you found something that resonated, I think most of us are finding the slower pace more doable than we would have imagined. The A-Z Blogging Challenge happens annually and is a mad dash through the alphabet during the month of April. This is my fifth or sixth year. It is always an experience, some years better than others but always something to learn. Take care. Linda 🙂

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  2. Ha! We both decided to reflect on zooming in and zooming out! You sound wonderfully calm, Linda. I wonder if that is a result of your own internal work during this enforced hiatus from typical everyday life or whether part of it is a result of the efficiency and good sense of your government responses to the pandemic?
    I very much enjoyed reading and feasting my eyes on your blog throughout the month. Thank you for sharing it with us, especially since you had to switch gears from your initial plans and just wing it. You accomplished it beautifully–thank you! And all my best as you make your next moves. xo J

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    • I know, right! WHen I read your post it was like, what – how can I post mine which is why the delay. Nevermind, we went in different directions and there were many others with similar thoughts. A good way to end the challenge – highlighting the lessons and challenges and figuring out where to from here. I have enjoyed the journey alongside so many experienced bloggers. I think the calm is to do with having used this time to consolidate the healing process from events earlier in the year (bushfires, floods). I have always embraced Stoicism – before it became a pop philosophy – and it has kept me grounded and facing forward throughout the COVID-19 time. Take care and thank you for your faithfulness in commenting and following me through this challenge. Linda x

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      • The ideas belong to no one–as my favorite writer Doris Lessing would say, they’re in the air. I take heart in knowing that we’re thinking along the same lines. All the best, Linda, and I will be checking in with your blog. You inspire me. x J

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