Washing my hands so regularly has given the feeling of wearing leather gloves. Not soft napa style leather but the type of leather used to make Charles Bronson's face or cowboy chaps (probably). It's a constant reminder of the times we are in and maybe how little I washed my hands before.
It's also been almost 3 weeks since we've has been working from home. We bit the bullet, made the decision early and so far, it's been good. Well as good as it can be under cloudy skies we find ourselves sheltering from. Yes tech has failed at times and managing projects is tougher but overall it's been a smoother transition than expected.
Work has continued well, the kids have adapted (well, they have their moments but still) and we seem to have a routine in place at home. I suppose we'll see over the next few weeks/months how 'robust' this routine is.
But despite all this upheaval and concern, we have found something that I dare say out loud - calm.
Not that things are easy of course. Balancing work, a business and your children every changing needs is tough but amongst it all, we have surprised ourselves with a level a calm that is so very welcome.
I think that is key across the board. Calmness - even if it does feel odd amongst the chaos. Find calmness across your day, it really does help you see clearly and definitely helps the decisions you make.
Calmness with your family.
Calmness with your colleagues
Calmness with your clients
Calmness with financial plans
Calmness with yourself.
Perhaps it won't last. There will be many challenges ahead for all of us but for the moment, I'm going to accept this calmness as the real thing and enjoy it whilst it's here. It certainly beats the alternative.