Staying Focused in Quarantine

Hogwarts & The Lockdown

I don’t know about you but I am obsessed by Tik Tok!
If you have yet to find this app, be warned, step right away, do not go near it. This is not reverse psychology, it is a testimony to how good this app is. 
Short films set to music and funny dubbed over clips, all designed to smother you in all-around wonderfulness. With superstars like Chris Rock, Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora entertaining you especially now on lockdown, it is just a giggle. 
It seems the nation and in fact, the world has become far more creative. Before the lockdown, we would plonk ourselves down on the sofa after a hard week and mindlessly stare at the box in the middle of the room, Gogglebox had the perfect name. Too exhausted to think straight let alone think outside of ourselves, we would recover over a weekend in the garden and spending time with friends around a bbq, then back at it. 
With 60% of the world’s population being affected and not working, or working from home during this pandemic.  People are finding more time, more time to reflect, to read and to realise. But now there is more time to be creative, no more excuses we can actually play. 
And playing is very inspiring. The enthusiasm I see is contagious. 

Did you know that the word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word “entheos” which means the god within? The happiest, most interesting people are those who have found the secret of maintaining their enthusiasm, that god within. Whatever your god might be, it is enthusiasm that will see you survive this. But how do you muster it up, when everything around you seems like it is slipping through your fingertips?
Your plans, your dreams or your business.
So when this lockdown happened, like any situation of blinding fear and uncertainly, I panic. Well, actually I do one of two things.  I either become solution focused, because I want to preempt the inevitable or I laugh. Like pee your pants laughter. Seriously though, pushing a king size mattress up 3 flights of stairs with Jon barking orders to twist, push and not laugh is a sure way to start this process of uncontrollable giggles. The tears of laughter then turn to small amounts of wee. It is an affliction! Even when I see Jon or the kids do some serious harm, my panic and horror turn to laughter. It is my coping mechanism.. and really it is not funny. But I can’t help it.

Hogwarts Houses On Lockdown

Anyway I digress. So on my Tuesday Virtual Coffee Morning with my members, and chatting to Toni’s daughter Tyler about Harry Potter and the different houses. We were discussing the meanings of the houses and what kind of person would fit into each one. Yes, I learnt a lot. Plus I even had my own little Sorting Hat moment. It turns out I would be a Ravenclaw. 
Tyler explained that:
  • Ravenclaw would think their way out of a problem.
  • Gryffindor would fight their way out of a problem.
  • Slytherin would cause the problem.
  • Hufflepuff would rock in the corner and hope the problem would go away. 
It is quite funny how we all react differently to a pandemic, or really any kind of problem that detours our journey in life. But reacting differently is one thing, it is how you come out of it and survive, that is the same.  Regardless of the Hogwarts house you fit into. 

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Staying Focused in Quarantine

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