Do Remember They Can't Cancel the Spring David Hockney 2020

David Hockey's recently released iPad drawings remind us of the importance of connecting with nature, and recognising the hope that spring represents for the world.

Van Gogh said, "Don’t just look at the spring, touch it, taste it. Get it inside you."

We can all still do this- feel and experience the spring on a daily walk, at home, through the window, on a phone or computer, and through art.

'Hope' can be experienced by looking at a picture, listening to music or by reading a poem, like this one.

This is the time to be slow

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.

By John O'Donohue.

On Radio 4's Today programme, some of BBC News' best-known voices are offering favourite poems of #comfortandhope, and talking about the importance of the words in their lives. This poem was selected by Fergal Keane and is taken from the Benedictus: Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue.

It is helpful to take each day minute by minute, hour by hour, this can stop you feeling overwhelmed by the number and enormity of daily tasks. But it is also important to spend time looking ahead at the light at the end of the tunnel, and remaining hopeful.

Focus on the light at the end of the tunnel, and ask yourself the question 'what positive change will evolve from the COVID Pandemic- for you, for your family, for the NHS, for your community and for society?'

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