Monthly Musing – March 2020 – Balancing act
Trying to keep a sense of normality … here’s this month’s Monthly Musing. If you’re new to my blog and you’ve not seen these before, it’s a one-off post every month about something that has caught my attention and fits with the Winwick Mum theme of “looking for the extraordinary in the everyday”.
It’s Monday morning, and we’re about to get up.
“Do you hear that?” my husband asks.
“No …” I’m listening hard but I can only hear the birds.
“Exactly,” he says.
We live quite close to a main road, close enough to hear the traffic faintly (and not so faintly sometimes), but there is no sound. That’s usually a sign that the traffic is backed up for miles, held up by strategically placed traffic lights and a difficult right hand turn, so I look out of the window to check. There is no traffic. Looking up into the bright blue sky, there are no aeroplane vapour trails either.
It’s a bit like Christmas, but the sun is shining and small daughter isn’t blasting “Last Christmas” around the house – and even at Christmas there is plenty of traffic and aeroplane trails in the sky. It really is as if the world has stopped for everyone to get off for a while.
My husband made me laugh when he showed me something he had seen on Twitter: “This is what it feels like when the Earth sends you to your room to think about what you’ve done,” but all joking aside, the big winner in our current situation does seem to be the Earth. China’s smoggy skies have cleared and we’ve noticed that our own weather has improved too – the wild winds that rattled our doors and the horizontal rain that we’ve experienced lately has all gone, replaced instead by gentle Spring sunshine and soft breezes. I imagine that socially distanced scientists all around the world are checking their equipment incredulously and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out later in the year that our enforced time at home has done more good than all the recycling we’ve ever done.
Does this prove that our Universe knows what we need better than we do? Well, I don’t want to get into that conversation as it could last even longer than the time we’re going to be spending at home, but it does make you wonder, if that sort of thing floats your boat. What is quite incredible to me, though, is how quickly the Earth and Nature seems to recover. Sitting in the sunshine in the garden over the last couple of days, I’ve noticed more birds, more butterflies, more bees than I think I’ve ever seen at this time of year. There’s space for us all in the world, but I think that the balance has been significantly skewed towards humans for such a long time that it’s quite a shock for us to realise just how skewed it all has become.
It would be lovely if, once all this is over, we are able to adjust our living to be more balanced – more balanced generally and not just with Nature. Life’s not particularly easy at the moment and people are struggling in all kinds of ways, but to look for something positive in this, we’ve got an opportunity to catch up with ourselves and yes, to start something new that we never had time for before if that’s what we want to do. Our lives going forward will be different in so many ways but the nature of “balance” is that for all the bad, there has to be good as well. Perhaps, in the end, being sent to our rooms by the Earth will turn out to be just what we needed, and we will all – humans, Nature and the Earth – be healthier for it.