I’ve read a lot about appreciation and gratitude this week. Buzzwords in our current situation, but buzzwords for a reason. On reflection, it’s been a nice reminder that I do have a lot of things to be grateful for, even with all the temporary restrictions in place. The key word is temporary, this won’t last forever and I certainly don’t want to spend this period dwelling on the things I’ve lost or no longer have.
But listening to stories about how other people are coping with the current circumstances, I realised that if this had come about a few years ago – I would have been in a very different position, probably with a different perspective. I would have been relatively new to Australia, without the security of permanent residency or stable full time employment. I’m appreciative of where I am now! By tightening the belt a little, my family can navigate this challenging period and emerge on the other side. But I’m aware that not everyone has this luxury and for many, this period will be financially stressful and mentally taxing.
My thoughts go out to those doing it tough right now. The nurses and health workers, small business owners, teachers and parents. Those with family they can’t see and those sat alone with their thoughts. As a species we aren’t hard wired to isolate. We’re pack animals, used to collaborating, socialising and looking out for each other. So to get through this isolation as individuals, we’re going to have to do it together.
Something To Watch
The classic Liverpool 4 – 3 Newcastle, took place this week in 1996. You know it’s an old game because I had a copy of this game on VCR. An incredible match featuring two brilliant sides. If you’ve got 90 minutes to spare this Easter Saturday, grab a beer and marvel at the brilliance of Fowler, Collymore and Ste McManaman at his absolute best. Spoiler alert! There’s a last minute winner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyF6QDcDVfE
What I’m Reading
I’m still ploughing through Wolf Hall. It’s one of those books which requires the need to jump backwards to make sure I’m on the right track. There’s so much going on and the brilliance is in the complexity. But this one may take me a while.
In the meantime, I came across this awesome reflective piece by Nick Fabbri in which he explores some new concepts of the ‘Corona Era’ through the eyes of AA Milne’s Winne-The-Pooh stories. It’s eerily thought provoking and really well written. https://www.nickfabbri.com/blog/poohandcoronavirus
Unholy Vaults Playlist – This awesome podcast has a playlist from one of my favourite Melbourne bars ‘Leonard’s House Of Love‘. Their ‘Friday Night Boogie’ playlist will blow your socks off if you’re having an Easter Weekend isolation party.
I was supposed to be in Bali this week. Sun, sea and delicious coffee. As an ironic compromise, I picked up some beans grown on the island of Sulawesi from Vacation Coffee Roasters. The Barista recommended I use the pour over method so I dusted off the V60 and set to work.
- 15g of beans finely ground
- 280g water (somewhere between 90 – 100 degrees)
- Bloom 50g of water for 30s
- Pour remaining 230g in one consistent stream.
- Brew time between 2.30 – 3 mins.
If You’ve Got Too Much Time On Your Hands
HarvardX & TAFE NSW both have a great selection of free short courses for us to get stuck in to. Harvard has courses ranging from Data Science to Shakespeare’s Life and Work whilst TAFE has courses centred around practical business skills and leadership.
A Parting Thought
Sticking with Winnie-The-Pooh, As we all enter what could potentially be the longest long weekend of our lives, I’ll leave you with a quote from AA Milne which I think is quite fitting…