How high is your moral high-ground?

I listened to a really excellent Ted Talk yesterday, “It’s OK to feel overwhelmed. Here’s what to do next” with Elizabeth Gilbert. It wasn’t an easy listen and was pretty uncomfortable at times.

Then I saw an interesting post from a friend who does an enormous amount of volunteering for homeless people locally. The post was about how ‘selfish’ people were being by wanting to go to a local DIY shop, waiting in a queue, socially distanced, for over an hour.

I filed the two things and went for a long run in the countryside this morning. I love a peaceful run alone in the morning air. It’s quality thinking (or not) time, where my feet and my brain head off together for a bit of TLC.

By the time I got home, I’d come up with the text that follows. What do you think?

For me, saving the NHS is a long-term position and I have a responsibility to myself and others to do whatever I can to retain it.

Immediately: observing social distancing; staying at home; washing my hands

Medium-term: caring for my mind (while observing the above)

Long-term: caring for my body (while observing the above); voting wisely in elections

The immediate responsibility is going well.
BUT
Without time outdoors in open spaces, I would suffer crippling bouts of depression and be a risk to myself (a medium-term cost to the NHS) and without exercising, I would increase my already genetic risk of diabetes (a long-term cost).
Who am I to say what other people *need* to do to keep themselves and their families well?

Moral high-grounds are wobbly, lonely and seem to be unfathomably judgemental. I’m hopping down for a bit.

Published by Katie Gumbrell

I am a qualified teacher, specialist running coach and helper

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