Although there will be huge differences in the way people are feeling in response to the past seven weeks or so, I am confident that not all is gloom doom and fear. In no way am I minimising the tragedy of lost lives, livelihoods and general freedoms. Rather, I am focusing on the good that has come out of a bad situation.
One of the extraordinary changes that, after 7 weeks, is almost becoming ordinary, is our use of online webinars to keep in touch.
Simply Self Aware has been online since the beginning of April and has developed in ways that I couldn't have imagined at the start. Of course, it was marvellous (and a relief) to have a few regulars online the first time I set it up.
After some discussion the idea of a guest speaker was raised. Why not? The world was now our oyster. We were delighted to be joined in April by Liz Abram, Performance Coach and Resistance Trainer on the gripping Ch4 series SAS Who Dares Wins.
Liz shared her ideas and tips on the topic of Becoming more Authentic in Your Chosen Career. Several new members and SAS Who Dares Wins fans jumped on that week - a welcome addition.
This was followed a fortnight later by Letting Go of Perfectionism, suggested by Liz as a good topic to follow-up with. Again - more people from around the country were able to join, when, before, distance would have prevented them.
Excitingly, May 27th's topic, 'Apologising', (based on the talks by Brene Brown) will be delivered by an enthusiastic new member from Gloucestershire.
I don't know how things will be when we come out of the current lockdown - none of us do. I do know that there will be members who will be pleased to be meeting up in reality again - and I certainly feel that being present together is hugely valuable.
But I also hope there's a way to keep the very best of the 'reach' and 'connection' that gathering online has given us. We will have to see...