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Hope in the Dark



Dear Family, Friends, Partners, Clients, global Community,


Difficult times have arrived. Many of us wonder and ask themselves how will we go on with our lives, now that our daily work has been and will be seriously affected.

Myself working within the Tourism area in Alentejo, Portugal and preparing to open our Lodging project also in this part of our country, see my entire activity and life affected by the COVID-19 virus. Have suddenly realized that cannot continue the same daily life that I have been maintaining this last year and prepare to shut down all the pending tasks and work.

Like me, many people in many countries, such as here, are staying at home with their families, many working from home (the ones who can) and others forced to it, to prevent this Pandemic Crisis to increase and subside.

I travel every week from Lisbon to Alentejo area and from next week on, we´ll have to stay indoors and continue on my back-office activity (furniture recycling, re-planning and re-scheduling the nearest Future) – without Clients and Visitors, I´ve no income, nor many opportunities and have to continue accepting my family´s help and fight this battle, together with so many colleagues, partners and friends who are now forced to shut down as well.

And even if this forces many of us to stop all our work and re-thinking and re-shaping our activity, please be reassured, we will be OK. Portugal as many countries out there is losing visitors and worrying about not having any business, but please consider re-scheduling your visits to the Summer, Fall or next Winter and do not give-up on your holidays. We´ll be deeply appreciated.

Our Health is now our great survival weapon. It´s time to really focus on prevention and quarantine to help to heal our World, our Economy, to ensure our survival. Always acting and behaving on a solidarity basis and protecting not only ourselves, but above all, the ones at most risk – the elderly, the sick, the most fragile. So, if confined at our homes for an uncertain period of time and if only leaving (well protected) to buy food and medicines, please remember that also this ought to be purchased with balance and on deep consciousness – no need to take all the food you can get your hands on. Our daily lives will also depend on the way we react to this epidemic crisis and the way we want things to keep going. Protect yourself, by acting on a conscious manner, staying serene and with a generous heart.

I do believe that even this dark period will shed some sort of light within our lives and thoughts, now that we are forced to stay closer to the ones we love, having the quality time to talk and do things together – not only playing games on the computer, using the internet, but doing home chores, baking, painting, reading that book that we never had the time to read and even read it to your children, talking to one another, learning how to communicate with the ones near you.

Curious how things in life always happen for a reason, and somehow this fear, this uncertainty, this worry in our hearts will soon be replaced by new values – sharing, family, love, detachment, frugality, solidarity, union, slow living – CLARITY.


May God help us and guide our steps.

Bless you all wherever you are and never stop hoping.


Yours with love,

Rita



In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 (NIV).


We grow accustomed to the Dark – When light is put away – As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp To witness her Goodbye –

A Moment – We uncertain step For newness of the night – Then – fit our Vision to the Dark – And meet the Road – erect –

And so of larger – Darknesses – Those Evenings of the Brain – When not a Moon disclose a sign – Or Star – come out – within –

The Bravest – grope a little – And sometimes hit a Tree Directly in the Forehead – But as they learn to see –

Either the Darkness alters – Or something in the sight Adjusts itself to Midnight – And Life steps almost straight.

Emily Dickinson

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