I was listening to Bob Weighton this morning. He is celebrating his 112th year today, making him the world’s oldest man. He commented on the outbreak of COVID-19 and said that this outbreak is ‘very concerning because it is more unknown than the two world wars he has lived through.’
But Bob's 112 years of wisdom shone through with what I thought were very re-assuring words, “I suppose in the end all will be well because, in my experience, everything usually is.”
We’re all familiar with the axiom, “In the end, all shall be well,” to which Oscar Wilde is reported to have added: “And if it isn’t well, then it’s still not the end.”
Even a 13th-century mystic, Julian of Norwich, in her memoirs, Revelations of Divine Love, reassures us similarly, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
I find these reassuring words very comforting – not least because they are words that have clearly stood the test of time.
Oscar Wilde’s words have something quite profound to tell us in our present situation, alongside the Prime Minister’s message that, ‘that things are likely to get worse before they get better.’
We must take heed of the instructions and advice given by the NHS and the government and take them very seriously because of course, everything will only ever be OK in the end, if we all pull together and listen to the words of wisdom on offer – and not make the huge mistake of thinking we know better.