Winter time is fire-gazing time for me. As I sat by the fireplace this winter, enjoying the warmth of the fire, I gained a new appreciation for this energy. It reminded me of how as human beings we are like fire. Maybe more than we think…
The Corona pandemic is still on the first page of many news articles, it remains the winner in many points of discussion and the first consideration in many decisions that need to be made. With all of this, there is a mixture of thoughts, feelings and an impact on behaviour as we try to navigate through the “new normal” in an attempt to survive on different levels or areas of our lives. Mental health professionals suggest the following 8 areas of health which is impacted through the pandemic: physical, psychological, emotional, social, professional, environmental, spiritual, and financial. For many it has become so overwhelming and the questions of “how?”, “who?”, “when?” and “why?” keep on surfacing as a constant. “How will I survive in this pandemic?”, “Who will take care of me or my family if any of us should fall ill?”, “When will this pandemic end so life can return to normal?” and “Why has such a devastating event befall us as a human race?”. The ultimate question has become “WHO CARES?”.
I ponder on this as I look at the fire. The answer is deep and fundamental. If there are logs in the fire which are not burning, I can see that the other burning logs systematically spread their own little fires to set the other non-burning logs on fire too. Soon there is this mass of fire and heat and energy that lights up and warms the entire room. It becomes cosy and comfortable. It becomes a place where I want to be – a place to breathe, a place where I can be part of the bigger picture, a place where I find warmth and comfort and definitely a sense of hope.
The ride on the Corona Roller Coaster seems never-ending. I realized that somewhere this machine needs to take a break to be serviced, checked, oiled, re-fuelled if necessary, so that it may continue on this journey called life. Albeit not a pleasant journey for humanity at the moment. We also need to take a break to regain strength, courage and hope to continue on the journey of life. Somewhere we need to find this place of comfort, warmth and care.
At Vista Clinic – WE ARE HERE TO CARE!
Medical and Mental Health professionals at Vista Clinic are in the forefront of helping people to navigate through the uncertainty caused by the Corona Pandemic. Support is always available here. As we try to make sense of what is happening in the world, there is a fire of hope, courage and strength when we welcome you here.