We need and depend upon one another and our environment so that we can flourish and live meaningful lives, rather than simply existing in our individual pods, hanging on for dear life!
On my recent VIRTUAL trip to Crickhowell, Wales, I spoke about the importance of community many times, and how Crickhowell exemplified that for me.
In October 2005, during a personally challenging time, I had to move from beautiful Crickhowell to London. My elderly Mother who lived in Kent was becoming very ill and a project that had been very dear to my heart was unsuccessful.
In 2008 I found a bolt hole in Hampton SW London….and brought my Mother from Kent to Hampton Care, a nursing home a few minutes walk away. Prior to this I had been commuting back and forth from London to Kent every week, overseeing nurses, my Mother’s house and garden and at the same time trying my best to keep up with workshops and work commitments.
I thought my bolt hole would be a temporary measure – maybe a year or two at the most, after which time I planned to move permanently to France.
Nearly 12 years later I am still here in Hampton, proving that none of us is ever creative enough to know how things will actually work out…….
Although a pandemic has been long predicted by scientists – we buried our collective heads. None of us expected a global pandemic in 2020, let alone the ensuing consequences and fall out.
Just a few short months ago, we had no idea that we would need to let go of all pre-conceived ideas and that our lives on an individual and collective level would change in such dramatic ways?
None of us is ever creative enough to know how things will actually turn out………
Because of the virus, we have been allowed to stop and think.
Like farmers who allow their land to lie fallow for a period without being sewn in order to restore its fertility…we humans have also been allowed to lie fallow for a short period.
Creative thinkers have seen this time as an opportunity to make positive changes, which brings me back to Hampton….
During the past couple of weeks I have been introduced to The Inspired Hub http://www.theinspiredhub.co.uk Fortunately for me – right on my doorstep.
During lockdown Susan Green (a creative thinker) and Hampton resident along with others had been busily revamping an old building and site. It is now a place that is very pleasing to the eye, focusing on creative thinking, wellbeing and community……
In short they have turned what is a very challenging situation into a positive.
I have posted this before, but think it’s well worth reading again……