Do a Little, Rest a Little.

I recently spoke of the rhythm of life. Of how there is always that easy backbeat, with the occasional riff. I also mentioned that sometimes the backbeat can fall out of sync with life.

Well, this is one of those times where that rhythm skipped a beat, lurched forward and then fell in a heap! An unwelcome riff interjected, jarring against the faltering backbeat.

COVID-19 has finally reared its ugly head. Our family now knows what so many countless others have experienced before us.

We are a relatively healthy family. Perhaps that coupled with the fact that we are all at least twice vaccinated, seems to have held us in good stead. Perhaps general immunity levels and the evolution of the virus has seen it lose some of its “sting”.

We have been affected in varying degrees, with barely a sniffle for some, common cold symptoms for others, to a nasty flu type illness with a lingering cough and fatigue. Thankfully, for us that seems to be the worst of it – the story has been far different for many others.

A cup of clarity to fade away the grey.

Like the weather lately, my clarity and outlook transitions from bright and clear to cloudy and a little grey. One minute my thoughts are stagnating, and then the next, a free flow of ideas.

The rhythm of my life is finding its feet again, but for now it has also become a post-Covid mantra… Do a little, rest a little, do a little, rest a little.

Do you have a post-Covid mantra?

2 thoughts on “Do a Little, Rest a Little.

  1. Mantra: to do as little as possible whilst resting a little?
    I guess this sums up how to deal with the curse of COVID. I would add and stay hydrated.
    In this musing the author asks what mantra are we using in dealing with COVID? Now not wishing to challenge the authors use of the word mantra, I Googled it, as one does !
    Google: What does mantra literally mean?
    Definitions of mantra. (Sanskrit) literally a `sacred utterance’ in Vedism; one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns. type of: religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing. Writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity. a commonly repeated word or phrase. Humm! Is this how we transmit COVID “a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns?” Well we certainly know it is orally transmitted don’t we? So easy fix just stop breathing and don’t go to church on Sundays!

    Google: What is the meaning of Vedism?
    a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth. Again is this how we deal with COVID?

    If we believe in reincarnation then we will live on despite the virus putting us into a deep sleep so why take precautions we are going to live forever?

    “Mantra” you have a lot to account for!

    What then is the author talking about?
    Am I now to join a religion or sect in order to fight COVID?

    Google: What do we call mantra in English?
    /mantra/ mn. chant countable noun. A chant is a religious song or prayer that is sung on only a few notes.

    Question then? Do I now have to learn a chant and join a sect then chant COVID away?

    Google: What is your mantra meaning?
    1: a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating. 2. : a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs. a businessman whose mantra is “bigger is better.” So once more do I need to pray that this Virus will go away taken by some God to a land far, far away, if I pray?

    Google: Is mantra a positive word?
    In modern usage, the word mantra is commonly equated to a spiritual aphorism or positive affirmation. In this sense, mantras are used to cultivate a particular state of mind, in which their meaning seeps into the subconscious to transform negativity.

    Oh dear we are dreaming once again it is all in the mind it is not really there just a mindset?

    Google: aphorism
    a concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by a classical author. “the opening sentence of the first aphorism of Hippocrates” Our author is classical and is a true wordsmith me thinks!

    Hippocrates hey we are getting close! Doesn’t the medical profession relate to this guy?

    Google: What is Hippocrates best known for?
    Hippocrates is considered to be the father of modern medicine because in his books, which are more than 70. He described in a scientific manner, many diseases and their treatment after detailed observation. He lived about 2400 years ago!

    Here in is the answer to our question, what mantra are we using in dealing with COVID? 2400 years ago? I’ll let the reader carryout their own research into these manuscripts I’ll just sing a mantra!
    Hey WOW is this the end of COVID? Are we saying that COVID is a state of mind and that we are all dreaming that this virus actually exists?

    Mantras and COVID? The easy one is to open a bottle of Netflix sit still and do nothing. Then with no visitors, a glass of water and the remote in the other hand don’t move! I guess this is the ultimate test and yes you could be found dead in the chair. But hey life has to go on, well for some it does! Then stay away from crowds any crowded place. Go shopping in the off peak times. Wear a mask and don’t forget the Flu season is upon us so more of the same can only help. Smile!


    1. My homepage says “my thoughts, your thoughts…“, So thank you for exactly that 😊

      Google refers to the “modern usage“ being a “positive affirmation”… I’m not sure that my mantra could be called a positive affirmation, however I do hope that by repetition of my mantra – both physically and mentally – that I will achieve a positive outcome – that is to feel better, post-Covid.

      After reading all these definitions, I dare say that by adopting any application of the term, that one may hope for a positive outcome 😊

      I do like your suggestion of Netflix as a form of post-Covid therapy 😉


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