Over the years, a crisis normally sees people coming together and helping each other. Neighbours dropping by and families supporting each other. This crisis has been singular in that this very thing that makes us human is exactly what we should not be doing. Social distancing means not being there to give someone a hug, or be a shoulder to cry on. In the most severe cases it’s not being there at the end of someone’s life, or at the start, in the birthing room. As naturally innovative beings, how are we getting around this and adapting to the ‘new normal‘?

The ‘new normal’ – even saying that sounds crazy. How are you settling in? My family and I are finding a new rhythm and starting to identify and appreciate the silver linings that this pandemic has brought. I am naturally optimistic and the Chinese word for crisis, which has one brush stroke for danger and one brush stroke for opportunity has really resonated with me. The opportunities being more family time to get to know each other a bit better (although we would really welcome schools opening again!), a new appreciation of and approach to food, a realisation that we can be just as productive working from home as we can in the office (if not more so to be honest).

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