Running with the pace of life is fast Journeys taken without concern or care Words used and carelessly abandoned Targets and deadlines replaced there. Among the burgeoning piles of file-paper The overflowing nature of our lives Where mindfulness becomes one extra chore And our mental well-being's in demise. Did it really take a global situation To make us stop and take a different path To see beyond our own limitations To a different perception that was stark? In every sense our freedom was clean taken Overnight the challenge made quite clear To stop or simply be over-taken By the warnings given and of course by fear. And so quite simply we were shaken and everything quickly reassessed In every home spread across the nations Priorities that had to be addressed Management of time became our own To choose a little wisely than before In the slow lane running - a different tempo To listen and observe and gain far more. Joy is found abundantly in wildlife When we chance to stop awhile and look To see how nature heals and restores The balance of our lives so over-looked Running, swimming out by sea or moorland Birdsong and the colours of the skies Consciousness of elemental beauty Powerful healing for our lives.