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Mindfulness

Me. You. Everyone.

Hey friends, how are you all doing lately?

Our family has been unwell the past week and a bit – just a ‘regular’ cold but it sure loves to hang around! So we’ve been in self imposed, self isolation while we recover – and next week we will see what’s going on. It’s crazy but here in Australia our government has not closed down schools, so technically our kids should go back when they are well – but even that decision has been driving me internally crazy.

I started to think about what I wanted for my kids, as a parent and also as a parent of a child with medical conditions (including immune system issues) and the mixed messages we’ve been receiving about what to do in this global pandemic with COVID-19. (I’m not going to debate, don’t worry!). The only thing that I feel comfortable in believing right now, is what I’ve always thought …

It’s not just for me.
It’s not just for you.
It’s for everyone.

The decisions you make don’t only effect you and your family, they can have an impact on the community you’re in. And that community consists of people of all age ranges, of all health conditions and of all abilities. This has never been more significant to everyone, than it is right now – but it’s a life that we’ve lived because of our daughter – we make decisions not only for her health and safety, but for her brothers, her grandparents, her teachers and therapists. Beyond that even, her teachers families – her therapists kids – we are all connected. If she is unwell, she is likely to pass it to her classmates, to her teachers and support workers. To anyone that comes into contact with her. And vice versa.

So when they say – stay inside, it’s not just for you – it’s for everyone.
When they say – keep your distance, it’s not just for you – it’s for everyone.
When they say – please stop hoarding the food and toilet paper – it’s not to punish you, it’s to help everyone.

Mindfulness has never been more important to exercise right now in our communities.
And it starts with each and every one of us, individually making that decision to think outside of ourselves.

I truly hope you are doing well, and continue to do well x

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