Otago Polytechnic

Amazing sun rise this morning! What a great start to the day. Lots going on here at Otago Polytechnic this week. Classes are in full swing. The Hub is buzzing again. Additionally, we are receiving $28m from the Government for a multipurpose trades training centre (https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/28m-training-centre), as well as learning about the Government’s strategy “to stabilise the international education sector”.

We certainly look forward to our international learners returning when it is safe for all. It is great to have many of them who stayed on in New Zealand.

Now that things are finding a more natural rhythm, it is a timely reminder to check on how we are doing as we track through the second half of 2020. Often, when we start to relax a little, we start feeling the impact of the last weeks and months. Now might be a good time to reflect on the past weeks and months as the fallout from this year creeps into our thinking and emotions.

Someone said recently that the lockdown (due to COVID-19) is an 18-billion human experiment - an experiment we are still living in!  

Some of us have unrequited grief for the things that have been forever lost during the past few months. Some have lost loved ones, missed out on celebrations such as a new baby, wedding, anniversary, birthday, or commemorating a loved one dying; events have been faced alone, or not shared with others. For some, special moments and memories are "ruined" and can never be re-created, "fixed "or replaced. Sadness, loss, and grief is real. This might be the time to start processing those feelings of loss and grief.

A colleague recently said things were so chaotic when they were in the middle of lockdown that it is only now they can start processing their feelings related to what has affected them and their family during this time.

It is important to let the thoughts and emotions we experienced (or are experiencing) come up for air. Ignoring or pushing them down means they recede into the background for now. I have found they have a way of raising their voice to be heard at the most inconvenient times.

Be kind to yourself. Experience the feelings in the "now" so they do not have a chance to build up and sabotage you at some inopportune time in the future. This is very important for your health and well-being!

In short, we have all been affected one way or another. There is comfort in shared experiences, which means there are lots of supportive people around us as we process recent events.

Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you does not mean you can, should or need to do it alone (Lisa Olivera)[1].

Opportunities to experience some of the events we had planned for this year may come again but they will be coloured by our COVID experiences. Anyone looking forward to a cruise any time soon?

Thinking about the future can be useful in helping us prepare and actively step into our future. However, we need to be careful not to become too absorbed, so as to not rob us of the joy of the present … which takes me back to noticing and appreciating the gorgeous sunrise this morning.

Never let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present (anon).

Matthew 6: 25: Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 34 …Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Have a lovely week!

[1] https://mentalhealthmatch.com/articles/anxiety/inspiring-mental-health-quotes


Published on 29 Jul 2020

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