We are currently operating on  1-1 basis meeting clients outdoors and taking extra precautions advised by the government, these are being constantly reviewed. We are also operating virtual consultation via video sessions and plenty of training information tailored to you. 

Like everyone else, I have seen my daily way of life tipped upside down and my income crash to virtually nothing. Self-employment is scary when the clients dwindle. My aim is to look at the challenge this has presented in a different way:

 These are frightening, upsetting, uncertain and unprecedented times... the world has changed dramatically in such a short space of time.

We have a choice as to how we think about things, and whether we decide to look for the restrictions or the opportunities to achieve this. This moment in time has brought us to a point where we can show our humanity in an unprecedented way. A time when we can show our vulnerability, but to connect that with intention and courage. This is a moment when the world needs not just resilience, but openness, inspiration,thoughtfulness and common humanity.

 

We are ordinary people, but we have the potential to be extraordinary in our response to this crisis.  We  have the opportunity to be the real expression of peace, hope and love that our near and global neighbours need right now. At a time where so many negative, but understandable emotions, are overwhelming our nation and our world, we should remember the impact that acts of kindness and generosity can have for people.  Now more than ever, we need to come together to support each other; those we love, and those we now have the opportunity to make new friendships with in our community. We may have to self-isolate or self-distance, but that doesn't mean we have to be self-indulgent, self-absorbed, self-pitying. We can still embrace emotionally and stay connected. We can still be kind and put the needs of others before our own. We can still motivate others and remind them that we are stronger together. We can reassure and be the shelter in someone's storm.

 

Human compassion and spirit will always find a way to shine through the helplessness. We will find new ways to all get through this together. We already are.....

 

Citizens across the globe sang to each other..

Neighbourhood networks are springing up everyday, sending postcards to vulnerable residents letting them know other people care about them in their isolation, helping them get the provisions they need..

People are giving away free toilet rolls in the streets..

People are volunteering at Food-banks and projects to take food parcels into the community...

Football managers wrote letters of perspective to their teams' fans....

Women's Institutes made a decision to use the term 'cocooning' rather than self-isolating...

 

......and in a beautiful image of peace and serenity, dolphins and swans swam up the Venetian canals for the first time in years....

 

 As a dog trainer I think we can learn so many lessons from our dogs - loyalty, forgiveness, compassion, unconditional love, living in the moment, enthusiasm for life. We need to be grateful for every blessing we have been given.

 

Thank you for your messages of support, I'm so incredibly appreciative for all of them. Look after yourself, your others and your dogs, and I look forward to celebrating with you when we come through this.

 

Life will, at some point return to normal; this moment will pass, but when it does, what a glorious opportunity we have to keep this momentum - this, what is happening now in our global connections, this should be the new 'normal'

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