Using this time to reset: as a family | Lucy’s Blog
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Hi Light Family,
Lucy here, continuing on from my previous blog about ‘resetting’. My previous blog can be found here.
We’ve discussed ‘resetting as a community’ in my previous blog, so now I’d love to look at resetting as a Family, and what that can look like during this time.
I don’t know about you, but I am feeling ALL the feels. Doesn’t this time make you just want to embrace your family and never let them go? (Well, at an appropriate social distance that is.) Sometimes we take family for granted, because they are generally always there. But, now, more than ever this is the time to reset and be so thankful for our families. (Even if we are all stuck in a house together.)
Families come in a million different shapes and sizes. I’m not sure what yours looks like right now. My parents came down from QLD to look after me after my emergency surgery, and now with the borders closed, they are stuck here with me. Total win for me, but I know this is a hard time for them. I know they may feel slightly trapped and worried at the thought of not being able to ride this out in their own house, in their community, but I am SO thankful they are here with me. I am grateful I have company in the house. I am grateful when I watch the news and start feeling anxious, there are two other adults in my house which I can process and talk with. I’m so grateful my mum can cook amazing meals everynight. But… at the end of the day, I’m well aware they are elderly, and I can’t stop thinking about how I would do whatever I could to keep them safe.
It’s a horrific fact that people are losing their lives every minute with this virus. Especially the elderly. I’ve always adored my parents. If you’ve listened to the show, you will have heard many stories about Jan and Bill. But during this time, I look at them with a fierce feeling of love and protection. I hate that they are some of the ones most at risk. As we share dinner every night, I can’t help but feel so overwhelmed and blessed in this moment that my parents are here, they are safe, we have food, we have loo paper… and we are riding this out as a team.
The same goes for my daughter. This pandemic is teaching me more about her, and my love for her. Yesterday I lay on the floor with her and we played Lego for THE. ENTIRE. DAY. Guys, I built a Lego mansion, a Lego Sea Turtle Hospital, a Lego Art Shop…. yeah, I’m pretty proud. I’m one step away from applying for the TV show Lego Masters. But jokes aside, it was amazing to have nowhere to go, no agenda. Just me and Shiloh and Lego for an entire day. It was beautiful. We had breaks to eat, we came back to build. She would search for the bits I needed, and we brainstormed when we couldn’t find the parts in the instructions which I had obviously vacuumed up years ago. It was so lovely. I reset. She reset. It reminded me of the magic of her imagination. It was a beautiful day. I escaped the horror of the news for that day, and reset with my 5 year old. It was precious. There is now plenty of time to do this.
So during this time of shutdown, take a moment to reset with your family. Let your heart burst with gratitude for your family members.
When we have each other, we have everything.
P.S I know for many people, broken family relationships are a very real thing. And my hearts for you. I know family life can be as complex as it can be beautiful. If you are struggling and you want to talk to someone, our Careline is always there. You can call 03 9583 CARE… and remember, The Light is always part of your family.
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