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img_20200619_100741287There’s no doubt that the last few months have been challenging for everyone. Life as we knew it was changed. Some of those changes may be permanent. One permanent change is that we won’t take the simple things for granted anymore. Like being able to hug friends and family. Like a shop being open, or being able to get into it without queuing. Here in Ireland, we have been relatively lucky with covid; this is due in no small part to the fact that during the crisis, we had Leo Varadkar as our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) because he is a medical doctor. In recent weeks, from speaking to friends in the UK and Brazil, I have realised how fortunate we have been to have a leader with a brain in his head. We were given clear guidelines as to what was needed. For the most part people co-operated, because they could see the sense behind the restrictions. Many other countries have faced, and are facing, chaos due to political agendas and lack of clarity or leadership. So I am very grateful that we had Leo in charge when we needed strong leadership.

On a lighter note, in the supermarket for my weekly shop, I was looking for vegan dark chocolate as my stash was gone. I couldn’t find any initially. Panic stations! I took down three boxes of chocolate bars from the top shelf and rifled through them. I found three bars and held them to my heart. Then I started laughing at the madness of being held hostage by a chocolate addiction. But I suppose it could be worse. So I am grateful for Leo, grateful to live in Ireland, and grateful for chocolate to experience the sweetness of life along with some organic raspberries from my garden. 🙂 What are you grateful for?

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