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As we sit at home, the world finds itself in the most unusual of circumstances, and many of us are fearful and uncertain of what future times may bring, both for ourselves as professionals, and for our children.
As these feelings run through many of us, we need to all take a step back and look what these times are offering us. A quote that came at the right time, that has given us a bit of thought, a bit of hope and a bit of clarity - “When fisherman can’t go to sea, they mend their nets.”
This quote reiterates that there’s always something we can be doing, even when it’s not what we may expect to be doing. Many of us can apply this to ourselves and our own circumstances. We all know that there are days where we fish and there are days where there’s no point even putting the boat in the water. However, on the days when we can’t fish, it doesn’t mean that progress cannot be made. This is the time to focus on mending your net for a bit. The idea of ‘mending the net’ means using these downtimes and interruptions to bolster the “tools of the trade”.
We all have different nets that need mending. We cannot give up during mending time. When things are not going well, we cannot afford to throw our nets away.
We all have our up and down days, days where we have all the energy to get everything done and days where we don’t have the energy to get out of bed. Much like Cape Town goes through all 4 seasons in one day, we, now more than ever, can go through many emotions and energy levels in one day. It is important to understand that this is normal, and this is okay.
As we have mentioned in one of our previous blogs (http://www.peakacademy.co.za/blog/smile-and-wave-boys-smile-and-wave) Covid-19 is giving us the gift of time. Time to mend our nets, time to take care of ourselves and time to learn something new.
Pay attention to yourself. Consider using this time to really examine what you do and how you do it. Could there be a better way? It has often been said that “Time is not the enemy of practice. Practice is.”
As hard as it is now, we will soon go back to our favourite spots and we will discover new ones.
So, let’s all mend our nets to make sure that when we start up again, we have not just made the best of the situation, but the most of the situation. It isn’t called a silver lining for nothing.