How are you holding up everyone? It's circuit breaker lockdown May 2021, so don't forget to activate all of your coping strategies.
Rugging-up and going for a walk outside will make you feel better, wrestle a hug off anyone legally appropriate, enjoy something yummy to eat and spend some quality time with your pets...or highjack the neighbourhood cat for a pat!
All of these activities will release feel-good vibes and hormones within you that help you survive the crazy days we are facing.
Think of a positive future - a very distant future if that's what it takes to get past the bad stuff - and pray for those less fortunate than you.
For goodness sake please talk about things and reach out for the help you need.
I've got my two teenage secondary school students ensconced at workstations at home again, with varying levels of discomfort about that, and my uni-student is locked in her student residence in Melbourne - with a fairly high level of satisfaction.
Disappointingly, we had to cancel our Chaplaincy fundraising Book Fair planned for last Friday and Saturday.
It was so disheartening to let-down the community, who needed this event to stock-up on reading material and then donate their pre-loved books to a place where they know they are valued.
Thwarted were the countless volunteer hours by the organizing committee who have met all Covid-safe requirements, arranged venue, signage, promotions, catering and rosters along with community group and local business support.
All of this fades into insignificance in comparison to the losses suffered by our local businesses, who must absorb the bulk of the financial and stress burden.
Our entrepreneurs bend over backwards to provide livelihoods for us through employment. The obstacles are usually immense but must seem increasingly impossible.
My husband and I owned and managed a machinery business for nearly two decades, so I well understand the pressure of generating enough income to ensure salaries are paid on time. There were times when 15 families depended on us to pay their power bills and put food on the table and that kind of pressure takes its toll.
That's why I'm urging you, if you are in the position, to support our local businesses this week, and every week into our uncertain future.