Returning to school isn’t as simple as it was a few months back. The world looks unfamiliar and our children will have to navigate unchartered territory with courage and lots of support. Change is sometimes scary for children and adults. In South Africa, we’ve been in lockdown for almost two months at the time of writing this post. Did you know that it takes on average 66 days for a new behaviour to become a habit? This fact alone means that your children have had the time to develop other ways of doing life and schooling.
Until recently, I never truly understood lamenting. In fact, lamenting is God gift to us, and it reminds us that we are human. It is a beautiful way to express our suffering, cry for help or at injustice and lean into trusting God.
You see, initially you, COVID 19, thought you had us by the neck. You saw us stockpiling and thought we’d turn on each other, fighting in the isles over toilet paper and soap.
Powerful prayers are often simple, heartfelt prayers from a mother or father to the heart of God.
Prayer is a gift you can give your children all the days of their lives. I like what Guigo II, a Carthusian monk who lived in the 12th century, wrote concerning Scripture and prayer. He said that “reading puts food into the mouth; meditation chews it up; prayer extracts its flavor; contemplation gives us delight in its sweetness.”
Everything is different. The world is not the same place today and every single person and family has had to adapt over the past few months. My hope is that this blog post will give you a handle on how to navigate setbacks and continue not only to endure but to thrive. Here are four ways to handle a setback.
“My life and artwork are more than a message; I hope that when people view my work, they recognise within themselves an unlimited potential to be creative to take more risks and for my work to evoke courage and a sense of hope in individuals. I would like for people who see my work, to want to get home as soon as possible to begin something they have always wanted to and now have had the initial kick start through seeing my work,” enthused Duncan.