Welcome to Day 4 of the RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! We’d like to introduce you to an amazing RWISA member, Author, Wendy Jayne Scott. Take a peek at her writing below…
In March 2020, with only a few days warning, alongside the rest of New Zealand, I was plunged into total lockdown. Saying this was a surreal experience is an understatement. As none of us knew how long this altered state would last, what this meant for our jobs, or the financial or health repercussions. We’d become entangled into the twilight zone of Covid-19. UNPRECEDENTED, screamed from the headlines alongside worldwide body counts and estimated infection rates. No compass existed to guide us out of the pandemic fog shrouding our futures. We were confined to our specified people bubbles.
Teddy Bears sprouted up window ledges and letter boxes, a sign of hope and solidarity, signalling to passers-by that even though 2 meter distances and masks now ruled our physical world, we were together in our hearts. I remember gathering, with my son, at the end of our driveway, in the predawn, to pay homage to our fallen ANZAC soldiers. Dawn parades were cancelled for the first time in 104 years. The haunting bugle tone of ‘The Last Post’ filtered from an unseen neighbour’s gateway and shivers resonated along my spine.
During lockdown, I had a choice of how I would respond to my altered reality. Black voids of despair, conspiracy theories, and fake news plied for my sanity. Yet, sunlight glistened on the tall summer grasses in my yard, my son’s laughter trickled on the breeze, and my dogs’ tails wagged like helicopter rotors, ecstatic to have their human pals home 24/7. So, I chose to focus on becoming a healthier and happier version of me, and a positive role-model for my son.
Fast forward to February 2021, New Zealand is no longer in lockdown, but our borders are heavily restricted, and the new media buzz words are QUARANTINE and VACCINE. Uncertainty looms like a bloated storm cloud. Fears of further job losses and financial ruin taint our summer days. Staying positive is harder to maintain under this sustained assault of negative news.
Changes are happening. Although, I fight against the dismantling of my comfortable world, my will alone doesn’t curb the tidal jetsam from Covid-19, so I must adapt to this foreign landscape.
Since lockdown, I’ve embraced personal development, focusing inward, aware that I may not be in a position to influence external circumstances, but I can take responsibility for myself. Being positive is easy when life is rosy, yet it is how I react when life is battering away at my defences that define me as a person.
Here are my top tips for positivity:
- Express your gratitude every day for what you do have
- Show and tell your loved ones how much you care for them and hug them (if you can)
- Use your creativity!!!! Keep feeding your creative addictions
- Resonate with nature by strolling on the beach, sniff garden flowers, or listen to birdsong
- Smile more, at everyone, this is the right kind of contagious! If a mask hides your mouth, then smile through your eyes!
- Be kind, laugh, and dance – play music that lifts your spirit
So, smile, and join me in singing and dancing into the light.
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This line really resonates with me: "Being positive is easy when life is rosy, yet it is how I react when life is battering away at my defences that define me as a person." It's as if your post is one with my soul. Thanks for such an inspirational piece, Wendy. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Yvette, I'm too stubborn, I don't want the darkness to win!Delete
Thank you, Yvette, for sharing the post about RWISA's featured author, Wendy Scott. It lifted my heart with her happy dance!ReplyDelete
Hi Linnea, I hope you busted out some moves, too!!!Delete
I agree, Linnea! That song always lifts my spirits. :-)Delete
I love this post on your site, Yvette. The videos are inspiring to me. When i posted it on my blog this morning in the we hours, i simply went over to snag a copy of this book too!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! Now, I'm doing the 'author happy dance'!Delete
I love Wendy's upbeat post and the practical tips for staying positive! Just awesome! Thank you for sharing, Yvette!ReplyDelete
Thanks for coming over to support her. :-)Delete
Thanks, Jan, I hope you have an amazing day xxxReplyDelete
Thank you, dear Yvette, for featuring Wendy. I love her wonderful spirit. Hugs to you both! 🤗ReplyDelete
Sending hugs right back at ya, Gwen. :-)Delete
Hi Wendy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the pandemic. All of us have to be responsible because we share the same planet and we have one chance to get it right.ReplyDelete
Yvette, thanks for hosting.
You are so right, Shirley! Thanks for stopping by. :-)Delete
I'm so glad you chose the positive mindset, Wendy. I also appreciate your thoughtfulness in sharing your story and tips. Yvette, your constant support of everyone is also appreciated. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mark! I'm happy you enjoyed this piece. :-)Delete