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  • Writer's pictureChristine Collister

This too shall pass

Blogpost 3 July 8th 2020

Welcome to this particular musing. Still in Lockdown where you are? The Isle of Man has un done almost all the restrictions that have been in place for 3 months. We’ve been 45 plus days without a new infection with all cases closed as I type. Our borders remain closed to all but essential workers and the transportation of freight. We are not self sufficient. Food is brought in daily.

The height of these freedoms for me came on Sunday evening when my wonderfully talented friends who form the inspired party band “Lava” invited me to sing a few songs at their reestablished monthly Sunday gig at The British in Douglas. What would it be like to be in a group of people again? And to receive their warm enthusiasm?! It was AWESOME! I can tell you (not that you need me to say it:) that it was enlivening, exciting and totally what the doctor ordered! People danced their sweaty socks off and sang along with rare abandon!

The Island is 32 miles by 11 with a population of around 80,000 … an easier place and portion of humanity to isolate and keep safe … once the Virus was rooted out. There are of course still precautions ahead and borders to be wary of but we are reaping the benefits of a natural border and a cautious approach.

I have done more in these quiet months than I think I’ve ever done in a career sense. I’ve reached out to the ethereal world of social media, the little I feel comfortable engaging with. I’ve dolled-up the website (as you’re no doubt aware:) have installed a shop! The time spent in conversation with platforms and technical bods around the planet in order to achieve that were ridiculous! But I forged through and somehow broke enough tangled red-tape to get the job done.

I did my accounts! Seriously! I’m up to date with all that … stuff! I made more videos than I’ve ever done in my life! I am in fact still making them … watch this space for the next Blogpost and news of my alter ego: Christine-the-granny-Diva!

I have enjoyed the weird and wonderful experience that is FaceBook Live. I’ve managed 4 so far … approximately one a month with a whole slew of songs, until this forced situation, I could not play for love nor money! Now I’m doing it for love and the gratitude gifts some very kind souls are happy to give! I think I’ve successfully recalled 24 songs so far with another batch of 5 or 6 to work on for my next … which I’ve decided to do on a Saturday morning so that my gorgeous grand daughters Bella and Chiara can watch live from Sydney Australia! It’s worth a try. Please note the date in your busy schedules ;-) Saturday July 25th at 10am (BST) 5pm Perth WA and 7pm in QLD, NSW and Victoria; 9pm in New Zealand. I’m hoping to reach a bunch of lovely beings in the Southern Hemisphere! I can dream! Of course anyone is most welcome! I couldn't do it without you! . :-) x

I love people! And I love the Earth. I love the images beamed back to us from space. Our world is herself! No borders cut into the land; no ownership; no demarkation of power. And right now she is reclaiming herself in remarkable ways. While I love the saying: This too shall pass … I truly hope she’s given enough time to heal the wounds we by-and-large inflict on her.

Stay well and keep rising above the turbulence!

Till next time x Love is all there is x Christine x

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