To all Pubsters, their family and friends, and to all people in Australia in lockdown, or dealing with any effects of the Covid19 Pandemic, we send our best wishes for the best in these times.
Please stick to the rules of your Lockdown, follow medical advice. Wear your masks, do your social distancing, your handwashing and sanitising.
Stay home as directed. It is better to be bored than sick. Use your common sense: if in doubt stay home.
I have some suggestions to help spark ideas to pass the time at home. Do you have other ideas to share?
With the internet you can learn a new hobby, or a language, or listen to podcasts, music, jokes, explore art or sport or anything. You can go online to Berkeley College, USA, for example. Every lecture in every course is available to watch, for free. Play online (non gambling) games. Talk to others in your household.
Live cams from all over the world let you see other places from home. My favourite is Africacam at the waterholes to see wild animals gather to drink.
Get the kids to make their own board-games or invent new or rediscover old playroom games.
You could start to gather your family history from your elders, by phone.
Use the phone instead of a visit.
Lockdown gives you time to do such home-based projects that you wanted to do, but could not fit into your schedules. Protecting mental health is very important. Phone friends!
Think back to WW2, when restrictions were drastic in many countries. If they could do it, you can.
Maybe keep a diary, and/or a family scrapbook, so future generations can read about your experiences of these times.
If you have been ill, or know someone affected by Covid19, we wish for a rapid recovery.
For all who have suffered grief from Covid19, we give you our sincere sympathy.
We hope we can keep ourselves and each other safe.
Remember, consult your doctor, follow medical advice on vaccinations (not internet rumours or human gossip) and other health issues, follow Lockdown restrictions (including mask-wearing and staying home), and err on the side of caution.
Our leaders are limited in dealing with this pandemic by their abilities and beliefs. Some do well, others less so, as is clear from the data.
We can only try to influence our leaders, but we have control over ourselves.
So what are our areas of direct control?
- Our conduct.
- Our choices.
- Our decisions.
- Our understanding and patience with ourselves and others.
- Our words.
It is up to each one of us to act for the good of all, because what is good for us all is good for each of us.
Thank you to all you front line workers, volunteers, health staff, welfare staff and others keeping vital services running, often at risk to yourselves.
For example, my friend received free delivered meals from a group of volunteers from the Indian community. Thank you to that group.
Thank you to everyone doing the right thing to keep us safe.
Drop into The Pub, if you want!