There’s a lot of darkness in the world right now. I am mindful that we are all in the same storm but each in a different boat. An important reason to acknowledge and be grateful for the good that is around me.
Two years ago, Paula at Book Jotter began an occasional series of posts entitled Three Things… Every so often others have taken it up and adapted it to suit their needs, just as I did in June 2018. Now seems an appropriate time to pick it up again. So here are my Six Things on a Sunday as we pass into the second half of May. Focusing on the good – in words for the here and now and in pictures from May in previous years.
Learning Online Courses
I’m finally getting to grips with Kernewek – the Cornish language which continues its revival. I have a long way to go but I’m gaining so much. I’m relishing the challenge, the opportunity to experience a little of Cornish history and culture and to meet – even if online at the moment – so many new people all of whom are so passionate, patient and welcoming. Meetings to practice conversation are now virtual and Bernie and I have switched to an online correspondence course with a local tutor which suits our needs perfectly. I’ve got a regular daily routine now for practicing and learning and I love it. This will linger long after the lockdown lifts. (The aliteration wasn’t intended but now it’s here I can’t resist. Apologies!)
It’s been some years since I looked in detail at Positive Psychology. Now is an apposite time to revisit. Two resources have made their way into my inbox in recent weeks. The Science of Happiness course is available for free from the University of Berkeley via EdX. I’m working through it slowly and discovering plenty of new concepts alongside much of what I once knew but had allowed to drift. This includes the benefits gleaned from writing down what went well each day: what to be thankful for. Which is partly the genesis of this post!
The Science of Happiness course will take me some months to complete. For a much faster positive psychology fix, I’ll be starting the new 10-day online coaching programme from Action for Happiness. I haven’t looked at this properly yet but if it follows the usual pattern from this group it will be short, accessible and a worthwile boost for these challenging times. We all need that. I think I might make a start today!
Anticipating Festivals to come
This would have been the final day of the Du Maurier Festival in nearby Fowey. Like many events, it has been rescheduled and hopefully it will take place in September.
Indulging Festivals online
The very much larger Hay Festival is a little later in May but of course it can’t run in its normal guise. Instead of rescheduling the whole event, the organisers have chosen to go online and make it free and available to everyone! I’m having a lovely time choosing between online events and I’ve been booking my spot for several virtual sessions. I’m looking forward to listening to Dara McAnulty talking about his upcoming book, Diary of a Young Naturalist. I came across Dara a few years ago when he wrote a blog under the same name. This inspiring young activist is passionate about nature and conservation and I’ve followed his journey with admiration and joy. I’m keen to join the session with Rutger Bregman, discussing his book, Humankind: A Hopeful History; Jonathan Bate will be discussing his biography on Wordsworth and I couldn’t possibly miss the session with Rosie Boycott talking to Hannah Rothschild about her new family saga set in Cornwall. Those are just sessions I’ve picked out from the first few days; there are a great many more including talks with Elif Shafak, Maggie O’Farrell on Hamnet, Ali Smith and Hilary Mantel.
The online festival runs from 22nd to 31st May and the full schedule can be accessed from here.
Remembering I’ll be back here soon
Appreciating everything that’s being done to keep our country running and our spirits lifted
Health and careworkers, keyworkers, politicians – would anyone want their jobs right now? – Joe Wicks, Jay from the Virtual Pub Quiz, the marvellous Captain (now Colonel) Tom. And countless more.
Celebrating The eternal
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama