POST LOCKDOWN We need a Joseph, not a Johnson Day 129
AND do you recognize this?
AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE I WILL STAY AT HOME, KEEP THE 2m RULE AND WEAR A FACE MASK
Staying at home! – STILL Protecting the NHS – STILL saving lives
I AM STILL Keeping safe
I have learnt that your health, followed closely by family are the most important things in life. As a senior manager of a School in an earlier teaching career part of my responsible was organising cover for absent colleagues, a significant number of whom were absent with sickness, too much of which was stress related. Invariably those colleagues would wish to get back to work sooner than was probably good for them. I was almost always encouraging them to stay off longer to recover as fully as possible before coming back to the pressures of a full teaching timetable. Only in cases of extreme long term absence we were afforded the ‘luxury’ of a phased return, such is the nonsense of management people in a School. Often I had to point to the doctors sick note and even say that I did not think they would be insured on the School premises if they defied doctors advice and came back too early. Coming back too early seemed in my early career a recipe for future bouts of further sickness and in the case of stress irreversible decline and eventually early retirement from teaching.
As a self employed photographer the pressures are different. If I am not well, and I have been very fortunate to have very few bouts of real debilitating sickness, I simply put off office and editing work until I feel better. I have not really had to reschedule studio work and because I am a sole trader I have soldiered on for weddings knowing I could rest the very next day. With no sick pay it is down to savings to keep going. Fortunately Oona and I both work so its a partnership on income and expenses which means when one doesn’t work it is the other that supports. Not everyone has this level of resilience and it has taken us some time to achieve.
So for us it is a no brainer, health comes first and we can survive.
For other people it is clearly a considerable challenge and they need help. Many people know the biblical story of Joseph and his amazing coat of many colours. Part of the story is of Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams about 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of poor harvests and how Joseph was put in charge of setting aside some of the abundance in the years of plenty so that Egypt would not go hungry come the famine. This wisdom eventually brought Joseph back to his family.
Somehow it is difficult to see people like Johnson being this wise. It ought to be possible in such a rich country as ours that no one needed to suffer as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
We need a Joseph not a Johnson.
Other matters today:
- ‘The Foundations of Yoga‘. Will get back into the yoga tomorrow, but had another enjoyable run with my son down to the Meadows and the River Dee and did essential shopping on the way back.
- Made tarts fro the spare pastry of yesterday, still to making fruit cake.
- Going another year back Oona and I provided music and pictures for a Rookery Hall wedding for a wonderful couple who still sometimes like my Facebook posts.
- Write this blog.
Spent all day with lovely Oona, apart from the 3 hours she has enjoyed with other harpists learning irish and scottish tunes. Please she is happy doing something she loves.