If things have gone as ‘planned’, today in the U.K. all remaining restrictions have been lifted. Marking an ‘official’ re-entry to some semblance of #newnormal.

I wrote this piece for the @idmcgospeluk concert at the being of July. It didn’t previously have a title, but I think ‘Resilience’ is fitting.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I wanted to hit notes of celebration—it being the first time in over a year that most people would have attended a live concert—while avoiding platitudes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Because although there are reasons to be thankful and celebrate, there are still many of us going through. This maybe the case for a while to come.

There are also countries who are nowhere near any glimpse of a ‘re-entry’. Places like Indonesia, India, and many others.

We each have to hold the tension between acknowledging the pain and the suffering, and endeavouring to find and appreciate the joy. – When and where we can.

It is also good—when possible—to spare a thought for others, and to do what we can (practically and otherwise) to stand with them.

Yet we are still here, and we are still standing.

Resilience | J Whyne | July 2021
  • A repeated line in the piece.

To those of us still standing, I salute you.

To those of us just about making it, I’m praying we make it through.

To those we have lost, I mourn and honour you.

Here’s hoping and trusting for more better days ahead, for all.

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