Britain’s ‘freedom day’ will come on July 19, says the government but like anything important, like going through a divorce, bereavement or a redundancy – it’s usually a process not an event.
When we experience change, we move from what we’ve known and done to a period of transition as we adapt & begin to arrive at a new way of behaving.
It can take up to 18 months to fully process change & what we have lived through is highly unusual for us all – including children.
That’s why it’s important to not fixate on a date – as we emerge from lockdowns, school bubbles & self isolating, as we need to take responsibility for our own health & wellbeing as well as displaying what Alfred Adler described as Social Interest.
Social Interest is ‘communal feeling’ or ‘communal sense’ of living as Adler put it – a decision to live cooperatively with others, and a lifestyle that values the common good above one’s own interests and desires – which is not being currently modelled by our government ministers or our UK Prime Minister.
It has also been described as an active interest in the welfare of humankind, and identification and empathy with others.
So, as we emerge & begin to learn to live with COVID-19 & all its variants how would you like to model social empathy & Social Interest for your children & whole family on and after July 19th?