Commandments of Confinement

From Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire comes this useful advice for us all at this unsettling time:

1.       Don’t fret if things aren’t perfect – take the long view.
2.       Don’t keep checking the greener grass – flourish where you are planted.
3.       Don’t panic – remember that you are standing on solid ground.
4.       Don’t stamp your foot – tread lightly with a humble humour.
5.       Don’t be a martyr – freely offer your help.
6.       Don’t be too proud – muck in and get your hands dirty.
7.       Don’t force the pace – learn how to rest and relax together.
8.       Don’t try too hard – find some time just for yourself.
9.       Don’t focus on the faults of others – celebrate what they have that you don’t.
10.     Don’t try to do this alone – pray for and with each other.

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