Day 1 – Covid 19 – 26th March 2020

Kia ora i te whanau,

While I had the chance to speak briefly with many of you yesterday, I thought I would take the opportune it to share a few thoughts and keep in touch.

It seems paradoxical that connection will be one of our greatest needs during isolation, however now more than ever we need to look out for each other. We have no idea how long this lockdown will be for, and while we will endeavour to provide some activities to relieve the boredom that will inevitably come with this isolation, it will be the love and kindness that you show those in your household, including yourself that will get you through in good shape.

You can also support us. If you have ideas that you see or hear from others, that you think would be good for all our families please share them via this page.

My idea for the day is to start keeping a diary. All your family can do this. You might do this digitally or in hard copy. If you start today on day one of lockdown it means you won’t need to go back and try to remember. If you add routine e.g every afternoon at 3 p.m. sit down and write/ record about your day, what you did, how you are feeling etc it could make interesting reading in a month or two.

During this time we may even become closer, finding out things about each other that we didn’t know before. I love poetry and this extract comes from a poem by Robert Hastings entitled “The Station”

“Relish the moment” is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. Rather, it is regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.

So, stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot oftener, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more and cry less. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough.

In the context of what we are experiencing at the current time the mountains and rivers may be out of reach, however the message is the same. Enjoy today!

If the kids want to email or text me, you all have my contact details. I would love to hear from you all. Missing you guys already.

Arohanui

Dirk

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