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From our Head of House - Barry

Mrs Amy Perry, Head of Barry House, reflects on staying positive during lockdown by being mindful of routines and focussing on 'what you love right under your nose.'
Mrs Amy Perry, Head of Barry House
Mrs Amy Perry, Head of Barry House

Lately I have found myself dipping into Charlie Mackesy’s beautiful book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. One of the pages includes the line ‘When the big things feel out of control … focus on what you love right under your nose’. In the current circumstances, while confined to our homes, there have been plenty of moments to focus on what is right in front of us. Sometimes finding the parts of it we love can be challenging. However there is also merit in lifting our eyes to those big things, to the world beyond our own homes and to the hills, as in Psalm 121.

Last Wednesday’s Inspiro Pop Up Day was an opportunity for us to do exactly that. To reset and lift our eyes above the routines that we’ve perhaps fallen into while learning and working remotely. Routine and structures are important for our wellbeing. When we are onsite and learning face to face much of the school routine is set for us through bells that ring at regular intervals and peers and colleagues who are similarly swept along by the tide of the school day, safe and predictable, but also shared. While learning remotely, we face the challenge of creating our own self-directed, independent routines or slipping into unfocused ones. Routine can be mindful or it can have us going through the motions of each day, pressing snooze just one more time and scrambling to get to Period 1. We have an opportunity to craft routines that emphasise what is important to us as individuals, based on our values.

If you are feeling a little stuck and lost in this routine of remote learning, now might be an opportunity to revitalise your routine and focus on what you value. Perhaps you’ve always loved team sports, but without your friends to walk to training with and a coach who expects you to be on time, you’ve found yourself becoming less and less active each day. Perhaps you have always valued creativity and connection and are feeling a little lost without the conversation at the lockers. Take the time this week to reframe your routine. What will you build back into your day? How will the things you choose to prioritise be evident to those around you?

We need to resist the urge to define ourselves by the circumstances of life we are in. The warmer Spring air this week was a reminder from God that things will not always be as they are right now. Lockdown is just for a season.

What will you do to fight off ‘Lockdown Fatigue’? Below is a graphic I created to remind me to build routines around things that help lift our eyes to the hills. The exact activities differ at times but I try to include something from each section to find hope and build joy into the everyday. How will you build your lockdown routines? How will you ‘focus on what you love right under your nose’ and make it a central part of your daily routine? How will you lift your eyes to the hills?

Mrs Amy Perry

Head of House - Barry

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