recalling a near sinking and fire in the days before Covid-19
Peter Keightley has been keeping a journal of his travels since the fall of 2019 when he and his wife, Erika, embarked on a working honeymoon working aboard Super Yachts. The Bayfield Breeze has invited him to share some of this log with our readers. (Photos courtesy Peter Keightley)
A Note from the Editor: Peter Keightley and Erika Smith were married on Aug. 24, 2019 in Bayfield. In early September, they embarked on a working honeymoon travelling the world aboard Super Yachts, as chef and stewardess respectively. Peter, will be familiar to Bayfield residents as the founder of both Drift the restaurant on the village’s Main Street and Drift the lobster boat used as a charter in the summer months out of Bayfield Harbour. While on this adventure Peter has been keeping a journal and the Bayfield Breeze invited him to share some of this log with our readers during this time of uncertainty in the world…
On Friday, May 8, something amazing happened. We received permission from the Cypriot government that we would be allowed to dock, on land, in Limassol. And so, aboard this boat non-stop for 62 days; one Atlantic crossing, two weeks through the Med and four weeks at anchor, we finally tied up. We're now docked in a shipyard, waiting to leave and explore the area, but at least permitted to stretch our legs in the shipyard and surrounding waterfront.
After over two months at sea Peter and Erika Keightley are now able to stretch their legs out and walk ashore in Cyprus after being permission to dock on May 8.
With access to land, a few things happened. Hope. Renewed ambition and planning for the future. Better, more reliable, access to 4G. We were bummed out initially not to go home, but it has forced our hand to think of other ways in which we can spend our free time. Erika and I, along with many other crew members, have been moving and jumping along to Sandy Scotchmer’s Bayfield fitness videos - she is now our boat’s token fitness celebrity- and judging by our wheezing following a 15-minute segment, is in far better shape than all of us combined!
Normally this time of year I'd be down in the marina getting boats ready for launch; painting anti-fouling, patching fibreglass or sanding wood in anticipation of varnishing on a warm day. I also prepared mentally for something else, something that has been quintessential to my time in Bayfield…storytelling season! Whether it was on a sailboat, around the campfire, or bobbing at sunset with folks on the Lobster boat, storytelling was a pivotal part of life back in Bayfield. It has gotten me thinking about what stories I would tell now…about Erika and I… and what would be worthy enough to share. We both unanimously agree that the tale that deserves mention is about the first job we worked together aboard a catamaran, in extreme weather, on the Mediterranean, and the subsequent sinking and fire that ensued.
Following our marriage Erika and I knew we were going to travel overseas extensively. My parents had done so after they got married; they traveled from England to South Africa in an old Landrover. It was our hope to do something equally as stellar. I wanted to expose Erika to the wonderful world of sailing and to all the places I had traveled over the course of my yachting career. As fate would have it, Erika and I were contacted by former clients of mine that I had cheffed for in Sardinia, Italy. They were building a large sailing cat in France and were seeking a Chef and Stewardess to join as crew. We considered this offer but the real turning came when they sent us an advance of funds at the beginning of the summer. Money that could help make our special day happen. And so, it was. We accepted the job offer (and the money) and had to do the job! After a most spectacular wedding, we left Bayfield, our dog Scout, llamas Stephanie and Charles and hopped on a plane across the pond to begin our adventure…
This image of Peter Keightley was taken late last year. He, and his wife Erika, have braved some stormy seas on their adventure not only maneuvering through the COVID-19 crisis but flood and fire as well.
When we arrived in France we were greeted with chaos. We walked around the marina and quickly found the boat, the largest catamaran in the marina. Workers were scrambling about it, jumping on and off, screams erupting everywhere in French and Spanish. We tentatively took off our shoes and walked aboard. I left Erika gob struck on the aft deck amidst the chaos as I climbed to the top deck and tried to find out who was in charge. Nobody knew. Eventually a bewildered man, skinny, tall, suntanned and bald, said in a very thick French accent, “bienvenue aboard”.
He ushered us around, explaining that the boat was in desperate need of repairs, showing us to our cabin, that had all the flooring removed, and into a galley, that had goops of old lettuce melting in the fridge and a stinking bag of garbage in the middle. The previous Chef and Stewardess, though brought on temporarily to bridge our arrival, hadn’t been able to survive the weeks prior and had long vanished.
Apparently, the owners had been far too harsh and demanding, and it looked as though the boat, judging by all the repairs, had been launched prematurely without the appropriate sea trials conducted. We got straight down to work, and first found our cabin and cleaned it, and then set our sights on the trashed galley, in an attempt to bring order back to a boat torn apart. We were jet lagged and beyond tired but kept working till late. No sooner had we laid our heads down in our cabin, then the boat’s engines started up. We ran up on deck to see land disappearing as we motored out of the marina into the pitch darkness of the Mediterranean Sea.
One month and two thousand miles across the Mediterranean later I awoke in the middle of the night to alarms blaring. I ran to the bridge to see what was the issue. The starboard hull bilge alarm was informing us that we were taking on water. A quick check in the starboard hull lifting up a floorboard, confirmed salt water pouring in rapidly. We were sinking. It was already four feet deep and rising. The captain and I looked at each other and without saying a word began lifting up every single floor panel we could, desperately trying to find the source of the water. I ran over to the port side hull to grab a tool kit and a flashlight.
On my way past I found a sleepy Erika popping her head up from the saloon couch. “Are we sinking?” she sweetly asked. “No honey, go back to sleep,” I responded, gently brushing her hair as she laid back down.
The seas had been high and the wind outside was howling at 40 knots. The boat was being jerked and tossed around incessantly. Even just a few minutes standing up was physically demanding and fully disorientating in the darkness. I fumbled my way through the boat to a very frustrated and manic captain. The source of the leak had not been found and the water was now spilling above the five feet deep bilges; the master cabin floor now had a few inches of seawater soaking the carpets. We estimated we had taken on at least 4,000 litres and rising. We managed to remove one last panel that went beneath the master cabin bed, and there in plain sight was a one inch open through hole with seawater rushing in. To my surprise the captain stripped naked, took a big breath, and pencil jumped into the bilge. He bunged the hole underwater, then resurfaced.
At this point the only reason we hadn’t capsized with the extra ballast was owing to being heeled hard to port with the wind in the reefed sails keeping us balanced upright. We supposed that the hull slamming down repeatedly wave after large wave had caused the knot reader to pop out. Yet another defect in the boat, and an almost fatal one. The bilge pumps eventually got the water out, and we had no choice but to continue on to our destination another 150 miles away.
When dawn broke we were within sight of land, the same port we had left two months past, and the wind and waves were calming down. Erika was very surprised to learn how close we had come to sinking the night before!
We got the fenders and dock lines ready and prepared to come into port. Once we were all tied up, the captain, Erika, and myself jumped on shore and kissed land. We then set about stripping the starboard hull of all its furniture, carpet and all the floor panels and rinsed everything off. By mid afternoon, sleep deprived and fairly bruised up, we had some much-deserved drinks on the dock. After dinner and more drinks, we went down into the galley and searched around for dessert. We found some ice cream, and while were all indulging, the now familiar sound of the ships alarm erupted again. This time it was accompanied by grey smoke. We were on fire.
Erika, out of all of us, was the first to react. Likely owing to our advanced fire fighting training at Georgian College, she leapt into action and grabbed a fire extinguisher from the main saloon. The captain and myself switched off all systems and ran around attempting to locate the source. Opening the starboard engine compartment, we were blasted with thick smoke. Erika tossed the captain the fire extinguisher and he blasted away. We then shut the compartment and activated the emergency CO2 cylinders. We retreated onto the dock and waited for the smoke to clear. After what seemed like forever we carefully re-boarded and searched for the source of the fire. We couldn’t tell where it came from, but assumed it was electrical owing to salt water corrosion from the near sinking off the southern coast of France.
A week later in mid-October of last year, Erika and I were boarding a flight from Paris to Edinburgh. We got a call from the boat owners…our employment was terminated effective immediately. The catamaran was now under investigation by the manufacturer as well as a team of the yacht owners' lawyers. And so, the next chapter of our adventure began, and as we found our seats and prepared for take off, we pondered what would be next …
United way requests financial support for Urgent Needs Fund
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected vulnerable individuals and families across Perth and Huron Counties. A stark reminder of how profound the effects are is reflected in the initial response to United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) opening its COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund directly to individuals through a partnership with Social Services in Perth and Huron. In the first four days of applications beginning May 4, the fund received so many requests UWPH is now looking to raise more money to meet demand.
“Whether it’s people looking for help paying for groceries, diapers or medication the early response has been substantial,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “We’re glad people know about the program and are reaching out for support, but it also points to the seriousness of the situation many find themselves in. We’re asking those who can to please give or give again to the COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund.”
Beyond individual needs, UWPH has been working with existing partners and other non-profits in the community to shepherd organizations and the people they serve through the current health crisis. The strong relationships UWPH built within the local non-profit community allowed the organization to respond quickly to community needs.
In the past six weeks alone UWPH provided over $90,000 for initiatives from 13 local organizations including; the Community Table in Exeter, the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, Family Services Perth-Huron, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), Huron & Area Search and Rescue, the John Howard Society, OneCare, the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, Huron Safe Homes for Youth, the Town of St. Marys, the Emily Murphy Centre and Ritz Lutheran Villa. More announcements are coming soon. For funded program details visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
Programs and services are just part of UWPH’s efforts to help local communities get through the current crisis. Volunteers have also been working to update information of almost 900 records for the 211 database ensuring people have access to the latest information about help in their community. UWPH also teamed with local municipalities on a web portal called helpdolocalgood.ca; a one-stop reference for people looking for information and ways to help and launched the Huron-Perth COVID-19 Resource Group on Facebook. Moderated by Perth and Huron librarians and other dedicated volunteers, the group serves as a gathering place for people to find help, read information on COVID-19 from credible sources like HPPH, share inspiring stories and stay connected with other local people during isolation. In the true spirit of community, UWPH also hosts a weekly virtual meeting for local non-profits leaders to connect, problem solve and share information.
“UWPH has always worked hard to address the most pressing issues affecting our region,” added Erb. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot in our communities. What hasn’t changed is the abundance of good people and organizations working to help the most vulnerable. UWPH is proud to be part of this effort and we’ll continue working to offer compassion, caring and resources where they’re needed most.”
The COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund assists organizations helping individuals and families in need. Organizations apply to UWPH and a volunteer committee reviews each application quickly so funds are distributed as soon as possible. For applications go to perthhuron.unitedway.ca/urgent-needs-fund-apply-for-funds/. To donate to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, go to give.unitedway.ca/donate/WSTRAT-UWPH or call the United Way offices at 519 271-7730 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1-5 p.m.
gateway to study how covid-19 impacts rural healthcare
As the impact of COVID-19 in the community grows, so does the demand for social services. United Way Perth Huron offers funding through the COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund to help ensure not-for-profits across Perth and Huron can increase program capacity, expand the reach of existing programs and shift the way they provide support in this time of need.
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) based in Goderich is benefiting from a grant provided through the COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund. Gateway has been actively conducting health research in rural communities for 10 plus years. In general, the social, economic and psychological impacts of this pandemic will be unprecedented, but the toll on rural healthcare facilities as well as their dedicated healthcare workers could be dire. Gateway would like to focus its immediate attention on conducting relevant research and data collection which will capture the local needs and issues of rural hospitals, medical clinics and long-term care facilities. Doctors, nurses, PSWs, paramedics, and other healthcare providers are preparing for and treating COVID-19 patients while putting themselves, and perhaps their families, at great risk. They are experiencing uncertainty, risk and challenge like never before. High rates of anxiety, depression and burnout are expected.
In collaboration with Gateway’s partners at Guelph University, this proposed research project will focus on the current impact of COVID-19 within the local rural healthcare system. The well-being of healthcare workers, both professionally and personally is important. Gateway would like to receive feedback from these healthcare workers right now while their experiences are fresh, and they watch the evolution of this 2020 health crisis. A short questionnaire will be developed and distributed to rural healthcare workers. The goal of the research will be to interpret and integrate the information provided so that community health partners can collectively aim towards solutions or recommendations that are right for their facilities, health-care staff and rural communities.
Gateway and the United Way have well-aligned goals in response to the current situation: identifying the critical needs and issues in communities and developing shared solutions as the impact of COVID-19 in the local communities grows.
helping seniors and patients stay virtually connected
The McCall MacBain Foundation has donated $35,000 to provide iPads for the use of residents in long-term care homes, hospitals, retirement homes and hospices across Huron County. The endeavor is being facilitated by the Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway), and the devices are currently being distributed to residences and institutions across the County.
“Having been raised in Huron County, the health and well-being of my home community is a priority,” said Marcy McCall MacBain, who co-founded the McCall MacBain Foundation with her husband, John. “We are grateful to the healthcare workers and Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health, and are honored to be working together to ensure this difficult situation of physical distancing becomes just a little bit more manageable.”
Gateway, with the help of their students, is ensuring iPads are programmed properly and distributed to the homes, residences and hospitals where they will be used. Popular and user-friendly apps such as Skype, FaceTime and Zoom will be available on all of the devices and will make it easy for staff to support residents, and for patients and residents to stay connected with family members and other essential supports.
“Currently, we are all feeling the effects of isolation while following government directions to stay at home as much as possible. There is nothing more heart breaking than to think of seniors in long-term care homes and patients in hospitals, isolated because of COVID-19 and unable to connect with their loved ones,” said Gwen Devereux, president of the Board of Directors of Gateway.
“This is a wonderful example of giving back to your community and we thank the McCall MacBain Foundation for helping our community when it is needed,” continued Gwen. “It is so important for patients and residents to have the ability to see and speak directly, even if virtually, with their children, grandchildren, friends and family during this pandemic. Gateway is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the McCall MacBain Foundation and make this a reality.”
Early recipients of the iPads are thrilled to put them to good use.
General Manager at Maplewood Manor in Seaforth, Jennifer Bennett said, “Maplewood Manor staff and residents would like to thank the McCall MacBain Foundation for the donation of iPads. This generous gift will go a long way to keeping our residents connected during these difficult times. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”
General Manager of Goderich Place Retirement Residence, Brittany Hamilton, added, “Goderich Place would like to extend our extreme gratitude and appreciation for the very generous donation of iPads; we feel so fortunate and are very grateful! These iPads will allow for residents to have more FaceTime calls with family and friends in order to stay connected during these difficult times.”
The hope is that the arrival of these iPads will free up staff time and enable patients and residents the opportunity to connect with loved ones and the world. Gateway also believes that these iPads will support people's well-being long beyond the end of COVID-19.
“Anything we can do at this time to help our health care workers is important, and please know we appreciate all you are doing to help us get through this,” said Devereux.
Born in rural Ontario and raised on a farm near Walton, Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain is a Found-er, Director and the Vice-Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation. She is currently a Senior Re-search Fellow at the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine and the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford.
The McCall MacBain Foundation’s mission is to improve the welfare of humanity by providing scholarships and other educational opportunities that nurture transformational leadership, and by investing in evidence-based strategies to address climate change, preserve our natural envi-ronment, and improve health outcomes.
The Foundation believes in the power of education, and scholarships in particular, to transform lives and in turn transform communities to be fairer, healthier, and more prosperous for all; that climate change is the single most pressing problem facing the planet and that people must all do their part to address it; and in an evidence-based approach to health care that will lead to more efficient use of resources and greater impact for communities.
The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated daily with confirmed case counts received within the last 24 hours.
“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit: www.hpph.ca/en/health-matters/covid-19-in-huron-and-perth.aspx
Join the Alzheimer Society of Huron County for their free online, presentation: “8 A’s of Dementia” on Thursday, May 21.
This educational presentation explains common cognitive changes people with dementia experience. Because these changes happen inside the brain, they can be hard to recognize and understand. In the “8 A’s of Dementia”, facilitators will describe these changes as a shift in perception - a shift in the way many people with dementia see and navigate the world.
There will be two presentations one at 10 a.m. and a second at 2 p.m.
To participate in this presentation using Zoom, please call the Alzheimer Society at 519 482-1482, 1-800-561-5012 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
turtle facts quiz
How many species of turtles are in Ontario? What is one of the biggest threats to turtles? What can you do to help turtles? The answers to these and other questions are part of a Turtle Quiz. The quiz and contest are part of a local social media awareness campaign in recognition of World Turtle Day on Saturday, May 23.
The Ten Days of Turtle Facts campaign starts on social media on May 13 and runs until May 22. All those who complete the quiz, through a survey link to be posted at abca.ca, will be entered into a random draw for one of two turtle prize packs. The winners are to be announced on May 23.
“We want to make learning about turtles, fun,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
The daily posts, the quiz, and the contest prizes are ways to make this year’s World Turtle Day more engaging than ever, she said. Social media posts each day will be a way for everyone to learn about why we need to protect our turtles and how.
“It’s important to think about Ontario turtle species on World Turtle Day, and to learn what we can do to help these animals all year long,” said Brock.
To find out about the contest visit the abca.ca website at this link: www.abca.ca/community/turtles/
May is an important time of year to begin thinking about turtles, according to Brock. Turtles often have to cross roads in search of mates, new habitat and suitable nesting areas. Most turtle species nest from late May to early July so people can help to protect them especially at this time by driving slowly, carefully, and being extra cautious about turtles on the road.
ABCA onliNE learning
Students may be out of the classroom at the moment but there are educational activities online that can help to keep learning going. These are new and creative ways to connect to the natural world including some activities that can be done indoors.
To help keep children and youth engaged and learning while at home, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has compiled online science lesson plans and links to other educational resources.
The ABCA website at abca.ca is full of scientific, local and up-to-date information on soil, water, and habitat for living things in the Ausable Bayfield watershed. The Teachers’ Resources-Lesson Plans web page has new links to ideas and activities to help learning about nature at home. There are activities and lesson plans that help to meet Ontario Curriculum expectations for every grade from Grade One through 12.
The link to teaching and learning resources is at: www.abca.ca/education/lessonplans/
Conservation educators at ABCA are not currently delivering student field trips or in-school programs. This is part of the nation-wide response to COVID-19 as school buildings and child care facilities are closed during the current pandemic.
For Notices of Service Disruptions visit this link: www.abca.ca/news/disruptions/
International Year of Plant Health
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. Plant Health Year raises global awareness on how to protect plant health, protect water and soil, and to address hunger, poverty, and economic development. The slogan for this special year is “Protecting Plants, Protecting Life”.
During this exceptional year, and to start a new decade (the 2020s), many people are looking to green their yards. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s Green Team is sharing ten tips (one for each year of the new decade!) on what and how to plant to build plant health:
1. Plant native species. They are more apt to survive and thrive, especially during times of extreme weather as the climate continues to change.
2. Consult gardening magazines and newsletters that offer tips such as choosing the right plants and the right sites; not crowding plants; pruning damaged limbs at the correct times; planting varieties that are resistant to diseases; watching for bugs; using yard waste that is fully composted; and keeping a close eye on plants.
3. Plant trees now or plan for the fall planting. If there is no room on the property to plant trees, consider shrubs that will benefit birds and pollinators.
4. Water plants the right amounts at the right times.
5. Use rain barrels to water plants. Capturing rainfall allows for a good source of water for plants to help get through dry periods when plants need water the most.
6. People who have access to digital technology, such as a smart phone, can use software and mobile apps to learn how to prevent and manage plant pests and diseases and to report outbreaks.
7. Control pests with biological practices that don’t kill pollinators such as bees and other beneficial insects and organisms.
8. Help to control the spread of non-native species: If someone has a non-native invasive plant in their yard, remove it to prevent spread using methods such as digging, flower head removal before seed set, or hire a professional. To find out more about invasive plants, visit this PDF file link: www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Southern-Grow-Me-Instead-1.pdf
9. By buying food locally and by planting a vegetable garden people can have healthy local food to complement their food purchases, keep their grocery bill down, and reduce their carbon footprint.
10. Donate to permanent local tree planting through www.footprintstoforests.com
To learn more about the International Year of Plant Health visit: www.fao.org/plant-health-2020/about/en/ People can also search Twitter, Facebook, and other social media using these hashtags: #PlantHealth and #IYPH2020
Global learning technology leader D2L announced on March 23 that it is partnering with Bayfield Design to offer an online course on COVID-19 at no cost.
The unique, complimentary course was built by educators and is based on the science behind COVID-19. The course helps learners and educators understand the global pandemic, its risks, and how to effectively manage it. D2L and Bayfield Design are key players in the online education sector and strongly believe they have a duty to help the 850 million students who are out of school worldwide.
The medical community continues to learn about both the virus and the disease as new research and information becomes available. The course gives people the most up-to-date, reliable, scientifically accurate information to limit the spread of misinformation. It also gives strategies for dealing with the pandemic, knowledge about symptoms, tips on proper hygiene, and definitions and proper terminology around the COVID-19 pandemic. Users can test their understanding of the content and bridge any gaps in their own knowledge about COVID-19.
Click on the following link to access this course: opencoursesstore.d2l.com
Coping through Covid-19
Bayfield resident, Eugene Dufour is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. He presently works as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team.
Dufour was approached by several organizations to provide them with “Reflections” to offer coping techniques through the COVID-19 crisis. He was kind enough to submit these to the Bayfield Breeze and we hope to share them here as space allows.
This week we include two, the first suggests how to look for themes in supporting a suffering person. The second reflection suggests how we can live a deeper life while dealing with pain.
When Supporting Someone Who is Suffering – Look for Themes
When a person is in the depths of suffering, I find it helpful to search for spiritual strengths that the person may use to cope with the suffering. I do not get overwhelmed with a person’s suffering knowing that my presence, silence and believing in hope provides support and direction.
When a person is sharing a story, I always look for the teaching in the story. I will give feedback and say, “That is a powerful story” or “What is the pearl of wisdom that you take away from that story?”
Take some time reflecting on these spiritual strengths and apply them to a time when you were suffering:
• Story Telling
When someone is suffering, they want a sense of connection to themselves, a connection to those they love and who love them and a connection to something greater than themselves. Reflecting on spiritual strengths, after you sit with the suffering, can provide a belief that they are not alone in their suffering.
When Dealing with Pain – Become A Lake
Physical, emotional or spiritual pain is difficult to cope with. Many therapists suggest that we “lean into the pain”. Author Mark Nepo in his book, “The Book of Awakening”, tells a story on just how to do this.
“An aging Hindu master grew tired of his apprentice complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.
"How does it taste?" the master asked.
“Bitter," spit the apprentice.
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake, and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."
As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the master asked, "How does it taste?"
"Fresh," remarked the apprentice.
"Do you taste the salt?" asked the master.
"No," said the young man.
At this, the master sat beside this serious young man who so reminded him of himself and took his hands, offering, "The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So, when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things…stop being a glass. Become a lake."
As we struggle with the fear of this pandemic and the pain of suffering reflect on how you can become a larger container and live a deeper life.