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Posted on2 Years ago

Thinking back to September 2019, if someone was to tell us that in 2020 we would be dropping our kids to school in face coverings, armed with hand-sanitiser and maps of green and red zones, you wouldn’t have believed them. The last seven months has seen our little country face unprecedented times and our nation coming together to fight this dreadful virus.

Schools and Universities closed for six months, businesses closed overnight, makeshift home offices were set up around the country, our health service faced the battle of their lives and if the rising numbers are showing us anything, this is only the beginning.

The result of this is our mental health is taking a blow. Whether we’re worrying about our vulnerable parents and/or loved ones, the impact on our jobs/businesses and the knock-on effect on our economy – we are all living through constant stress and worry and none of us are immune.

For me, the virus knocked on our door back in March when my gorgeous Dad was hospitalised for six weeks, which was an exceptionally worrying time. I had to spend two weeks in isolation away from Morgan and the kids which was incredibly difficult and at the same time, our stockist base closed down and production ceased due to the lockdown. The impact of all this was that I had to dig deep to stay positive, both for my Dad (and Mum) but also for my own family.

Which is why finding the small moments each day to treasure and enjoy is all the more important. While I have always burned a candle each evening, the last six months have evolved from an evening ritual to a conscious mark of gratitude. In lighting my candle, I am now thankful that my family are safe and well, grateful that our business is navigating through these difficult months, indebted to NPHET and our Government for guiding us and appreciative of the solidarity within our community.

Candles have been used as a source of light and to illuminate celebrations for more than 5,000 years and to this day the act remains - the simple act of lighting a candle can bring instant calm and the flicker of light can bring hope in the dark. The beautiful campaign to shine a light for our healthcare workers emphasised this and the messages of support and images of Purcell & Woodcock candles lighting when my own Dad was sick will resonate with me for a very long time.

So whatever situation you find yourself in at these difficult times, take 10 minutes each day to enjoy the moment (and fragrance!) and shine bright like a candle in the dark.

Gina x

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