Lockdown

Yes, there is fear. Yes, there is isolation. Yes, there is panic buying. Yes, there is sickness. Yes, there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is no longer thick with fumes But blue and grey and clear. They say that in the streets of Assisi People are singing to each other across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them. They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound. Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood So that the elders may have someone to call on. Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way All over the world, people are waking up to a new reality To how big we really are. To how little control we really have. To what really matters. To Love. So we pray and we remember that Yes, there is fear. But there does not have to be hate. Yes, there is isolation. But there does not have to be loneliness. Yes, there is panic buying. But there does not have to be meanness. Yes, there is sickness. But there does not have to be disease of the soul Yes, there is even death. But there can always be a rebirth of love. Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now. Today, breathe. Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic The birds are singing again The sky is clearing, Spring is coming, And we are always encompassed by Love. Open the windows of your soul And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square, Sing. - Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM March 13th, 2020 Thich Nhat Hanh Community

33 views

Recent Posts

See All

Continuing NHS Discounts

List of food offers Bancroft Wines 12 bottle mixed case of wine for £99 (usually £120) and free delivery to mainland England and Wales for NHS staff. Offer to end on 30 July, while supplies last. Deta

Free Wellbeing and Support Webinars

Dear Colleague The Professional Support & Wellbeing team (Working across the SW) would like to invite you to join our Free Wellbeing and Support Webinars. You can register by clicking on this link or

If you are a Junior Doctor in the South West and want to find out more about joining the WARD Team, click here

If you are a Junior Doctor in the South West and want to find out more about joining the WARD Team, click here

© 2019 WARD: Well and Resilient Doctors

Contact Us:

Twitter

Email: admin@welldoctors.org