“archery is still a matter of life and death to the extent that it is a contest of the archer with himself;”
Eugen Herrigel, Zen in the Art of Archery

Good morning from a slightly damp Devon. 

The birds have dialled it up, it's warm and I'm sat at the kitchen table bathed in the most exquisite light. And of course, I've got a cup of coffee, which I'm slowly sipping.

Normally, I'd have plans for the day or at least a number of things to do but not today. Of course I'll fill the day with a few chores — I might even do a bit of decorating — but I'm going to avoid, if at all possible, scanning Twitter and the news to check what's happening with the continuing spread and risk of Coronavirus. It's not that I'm disinterested or uncaring but, this week, I've spent too much time in that space and whilst I feel I'm better informed, there's no substitute (as churlish as it sounds) for a long walk, going to the beach, cooking, or simply lounging about at home reading a book. 

If this sounds selfish then I'm selfish, but I need to let go of some of the things that, mentally, are absorbing so much of my psychic processing and create some headspace. (In pictorial terms, I've a clenched fist, and need to open my hand.) In my case, because of my increasing tendency — actually, I think it's a lifelong problem — to want to know as much as humanly possible, I often find myself out of sorts with a more zen/still mind which is much more beneficial to my well-being than being some know-it-all but constantly uptight lawyer. 

I also want to catch up with a few people who I know will be uneasy/worried about the current situation. I called my 77-year-old dad last night. He was just sitting down to eat and couldn't really talk but I'll make a point of calling him again today. Ditto my brother who I've not heard from in a while; and also my father-in-law who is the most at risk of all my family. He's a tough SOB but even he knows the effect that this virus could have on him.

On a final note, I hope the Prime Minister takes decisive action to close the schools etc. and doesn't adopt further his wait and see approach. If my reading of the situation is correct, it may already be too late but acting now may save many lives and avoid the gut-wrenching grief and heartache.

Blessings, and much love.



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