Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:36

Wise words from a Head Teacher

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At a time when many are losing their heads and misbehaving, our latest blog entry is actually an extract from an open letter my daughter's headmaster wrote to his staff and pupils.

He composed it last week when UK schools were closed indefinitely in and attempt to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. His words make a lot of sense, and it seems some of us need a good telling off and a few minutes standing in the corner to think about what we've done.
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We have been very fortunate over the last 75 years to live through a period where daily life for most of us has been reasonably predictable, consistent and reassuringly comfortable. We are now living through times which challenge that status quo. If the chatter on some social media platforms is anything to go by, some people are very frightened.

When faced with difficult times, there are two sources of reassurance I turn to; the first is history.

We hear a lot about the “blitz spirit” and the heroic wartime generation. We hear less about the panic, profiteering and hoarding that took place on the outbreak of war in 1939. Throughout the war, measures such as rationing had to be put into place to regulate behaviour and ensure people had their fair share.

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Amidst the heroism and sacrifice, there was a good deal of moaning, whinging and outright anger. However, despite supply ships being sunk and bombs falling, people had enough to eat and they worked together over six years to help our allies bring victory. I think this puts a temporary shortage (caused by the panic of a few) of toilet rolls and penne quills into perspective. Nobody is sinking ships full of toilet paper and other essential supplies. We have a supply infrastructure vastly more sophisticated than 75 years ago. We will be okay.

My second source of inspiration is, of course, Bear Grylls. He says that when faced with difficult times it is easy to become overwhelmed. It is difficult to do the right thing when dwelling on fear and uncertainty and seeing issues as insurmountable. Bear says that any big problem should be seen as a set of challenges. Problems will arise and we need to focus on making decisions and solving them, one at a time. Bear generally solves them by scaling a ravine or squeezing drinking water from animal dung.

We need to learn from Bear. During this situation we will just be facing a series of challenges. Let us just solve the problems that arise day to day, one at a time, and know that getting through this period of uncertainty and back to normality is only a matter of time. And nobody will have to drink dung-water.

At the very least, if you have printed this letter out it will make an excellent substitute for toilet paper after you have read it.

Oh, and keep washing your hands.

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