This has been an autumn that will be remembered not only for the effects of Covid’s lingering presence, but also for the many people who have have been left in limbo waiting for either a diagnosis or treatment. It seems that all over the country people are waiting weeks for even a telephone appointment – seeing a doctor face to face is a rare event.
There is a feeling of powerlessness – shoulders are shrugged and ‘what can you do about it- nothing – that’s the way things are these days.’ words of resignation underline the real fear and depression that is bubbling under the surface.
Just how many lives will be lost indirectly during the aftermath and possibly the ongoing consequences of other viruses – we can only guess.
It’s hard for folk to stay positive when there seems to be little or no improvement in the situation. Hard for those in pain uncertain what the future holds for them – not knowing is somehow worse than knowing what it is that you have to face up to. The unknown and uncertainty can be far more disturbing than the known.
How can people get through times like this? Some will prepare themselves for the worst and hope that they’ll be pleasantly surprised if things turn out to be better. Perhaps that famous quotation from Julian of Nowrwich is a good one to hold onto
“And all will be well, all manner of things shall be well”
LIfe can be tough at times and we can never know what lies ahead of us. There is a lot to be said for living for ‘the now’ and making the most of every day, every hour, every minute we have and finding what joy we can.