Morning all you beautiful people. Here we are on day 2 of lockdown in SA, courtesy of COVID-19, and tell me truthfully, how many of you are just a little stiff thanks to your over-zealous workouts from home yesterday?

When I used to be a blogger, I did a weekly Ten of the Best – my ten favourite clips/articles/pictures from the internet and social media sources from that week. Then I took a break, and also quite a big break from social media, which was restful. Now I’m finding I need all my virtual connections more than ever, and with the virus keeping us confined to our living spaces, the only way we can “get out” is on the WWW, or perhaps in a good book (if you’re not like me and struggling to read, that is).

Enough of the babble, let’s get into the stuff. If you haven’t been here before, what follows is my favourites, you click the video/picture to link to the content and come back for more. Seen it? Skip it. It’s that simple.

I suppose it’s fitting to start with my favourite clip of what this virus is, and why hand washing beats it.

And, the responses, oh the responses – especially the music. Yay for the music.

Here’s the first I saw and loved – A rewrite of Africa by Toto – please stay home South Africa.

Other countries took to their balconies – the Spanish, the Italians and the English. Hilarious.

And then the Berklee students, all locked down, showed us how it’s done.

And our very own Roedean School – Hallelujah. This is beautiful.

Of course, there are those of us (especially in SA) who will miss our takeaways and our Uber Eats. I loved the Nandos ad about this.

And this is how we all feel about that…

But the beautiful Kathleen O’Meara’s poem, ‘And People Stayed Home,’ which was written in 1869 is still so appropriate.

And people stayed home
and read books and listened
and rested and exercised
and made art and played
and learned new ways of being
and stopped
and listened deeper
someone meditated
someone prayed
someone danced
someone met their shadow
and people began to think differently
and people healed
and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,
dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
even the earth began to heal
and when the danger ended
and people found each other
grieved for the dead people
and they made new choices
and dreamed of new visions
and created new ways of life
and healed the earth completely
just as they were healed themselves.

The explanation of the feelings of grief in this HBR article also touched a nerve.

Mar20_23_1022720964-2And then there’s this – Rabbi Manis Friedman’s take on why we should welcome this.

There’s almost too much to choose from. And more everyday, which I shall be sharing in my timelines. But this went up last night – a beautiful rendition of an old hymn.

And yesterday, we were able to meet – not in a coffee shop but via Zoom, and hear a psychologist unpack all the emotions we’re feeling and explain how we need to be gentle with each other. This is a long clip, but if you’re needing an antidote to the news, this is it.

So people – hold each other in your hearts until we can hold each other physically again. Reach out to your friends, and show them love with your words, your voice, your virtual connection with them. And what I’ve learned recently is this – the virtual isn’t as good as the physical, but what is helpful is to go deeper – share more openly, be more vulnerable, love more freely  and expressively and listen to each other’s pain. This is hard, but we can do it together.

Happy lockdown, friends and family. We’ve got this.

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