Preface

It’s Friday morning, I’m sitting at my desk in my office at home. If this had been a regular Friday morning, I wouldn’t be sitting here. No I would have left home on my bike hours ago and just like on any other regular weekday morning I would be at my osteopathy practice treating patients. 

But this isn’t a regular Friday morning, and it isn’t a regular week. So far it has been a truly extraordinary week, a week where entire countries were put into lock down and people all over the world confined to their homes. For me this isn’t any different and I better get used. Get used to it quickly as being at home and not being able to go to the practice, is going to be the new normal for some weeks to come. How many weeks is unknown and will depend on how disciplined a whole nation will be on staying at home just like me.

Like in so many other countries, staying at home is key for some kind of normality to return. Unless for going to work to keep the country running, going to the grocery store or doctor, to get physical exercise or for helping vulnerable people, home is where we should be. Staying at home being part of the extraordinary measures in these extraordinary times, set by government decree to combat the spreading of the COVID-19 virus. 

The COVID-19 is a new coronavirus strain that was discovered in 2019 in Wuhan China. It is a new virus as it had not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 is highly contagious, can survive for several hours in air particles and last for days on surfaces. Its incubation period, meaning the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease is around five days but can range from 1 to 14 days. 

With that in mind it is thus possible that I at this very moment, and without having any symptoms, am infected by it. I don’t know about you but I find that a very scary thought. It is also the primary reason why I closed my practice before the “stay-at-home” orders came.

I am a healer. My objective is to help people toward health and as an osteopath, I do that manually. I have to touch people on the head, legs, arms, torso etc to treat them. Thus I am in direct physical contact with patients which is just what needs to be avoided to stop the virus from spreading. 

Although the government didn’t obligate me to close as they did with restaurants and cafes, I felt I couldn’t stay open. Just imagining that I could be infected without knowing it, and thus I could be responsible for spreading the disease to my patients. No way, this was a risk I didn’t want to take! As a healer I need to work with a clear conscience of doing good without doubt. 

Worse case scenario would be that an irresponsible action on my part, would kill someone. For example when I would continue to work and that by doing so I did infect someone directly. Or that the infection was caused indirectly through airborne particles left by a previous patient.

The coronavirus is a deadly virus. According to the worldometers.info there are 255,201 confirmed cases and 10,456 deaths in 168 countries due to the COVID-19 virus (19/3/2020 – 15.00h) and these figures are rising every hour. That means that 4,18% of the people that got infected, died. 

In Italy, with 3405 corona deaths, the percentage of people that died from the virus is 8.3% or double the world average (20/3/2020). 

No, I don’t want to be responsible for spreading the virus nor killing someone. So, closing my practice, reducing physical distance and following the governments directive is the least I could as a responsible citizen and see it as a moral obligation.

That said taking physical distance doesn’t mean that I can’t stay connected with my patients, friends, family and people in need. People can call me and I’ve called some of my older more vulnerable patients to see if they are ok or need help. For those in pain, or needing help managing their stress levels during this crisis I have other less conventional means of helping. 

How are you experiencing this period of enforced time-out but I’m embracing it. I hope you can embrace it as an opportunity but I can imagine that for some these are very insecure and trying times. Hang in there! This too shall pass.

But every moment even the unusual ones like today are laden with opportunities. Especially with this forced time-in, there is a huge opportunity to embrace all those things you didn’t have time for yesterday.

I embrace this moment to reflect on expanding my future history and refining who I want to grow into. I also embrace this moment to write my second book in the Futurize Yourself trilogy and blog it.

In the week the world changed overnight, where I’m confined to home I have time. Time to manifest into reality my ideas about how you can navigate change, leave the ‘Que sera sera’ attitude behind and evolve on purpose.

I can’t think of a better moment than right now to take you on another journey to your future and back.

With Love & Light

Tom

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