Getting used to this...
I am writing this whilst I look out on the lake outside our home. The sun is glinting on the rippled surface, and a pair of swans have just landed, with quite a bit of palaver, in front of me. It is idyllic - and this is where I shall spend my day, working from home. Each morning, our alarm wrenches us out of sleep at 6.00am, and off we go for our brisk constitutional - our bit of daily exercise before the rest of the world is up and about. You notice all kinds of things at this hour. The lengths that people will go to maintain social distancing - clearly, walking down the middle of the road presents less risk to life and limb, compared to skirting someone encountered on the pavement. This strange new jogging style which involves holding both arms out in front, and to the sides, and balling your hands into fists so that oncoming pedestrians might be wary of getting clouted if they don't apply a bit of rigour to their social distancing. And then there is this new practice, of studiously avoiding eye-contact with people you meet, as if one can become infected by an inadvertent glance.
Welcome to coronavirus world. Everything has changed, and yet, somehow, it's all become the 'new normal'. Somehow, the constraints and limitations imposed by lockdown, are morphing into something beneficial as we make the best of things. None of this is to deny the obvious stresses and sadnesses inherent in the current pandemic - we continually worry about family members and close friends diagnosed with C-19, and anxiously wait for updates on their condition.
But we make the best of what we have. Our staff, all dispersed to their homes, are continuing to work, just as effectively as ever, due to a combination of good systems and a great work-ethic. Each day, first thing, we leverage the magic of the interweb to hold our team meetings - everyone, together, in one big virtual room. There's a lot of laughter and conversation, but what is clear is that everyone knows what they need to do, and the work is getting done. There is a remarkable strength in team-work, which even a pandemic cannot knock.
So, I look forward to the day when the restrictions are relaxed, when we can go back to the 'old normal'. I miss the contact with colleagues across the broader family of ValidPath. But, in the meantime, I must confess that I really could get used to this.
Happy Easter, folks.