I spoke to a few people today and they all sounded tired and listless.

It probably wasn’t what I needed myself on a Friday afternoon, but that’s OK.

Life is challenging at the moment.

Work is busy.

There are targets to be met and obstacles to be overcome, and all with the unwelcome spectre of this virus that is looming around us.

If I’m being honest, I was slightly taken aback, but I really shouldn’t have been.

Their feelings and responses are perfectly valid and reasonable.

The challenge ahead is for me to be a positive influence.

To bring light to dark places.

To help people to laugh more often.

To smile in the face of such adversity.

To enjoy each others’ company, even when working remotely.

To see the flowers amidst the thorns.

Day by day.

One conversation at a time.

I’m up for the challenge.

Are you?