A new year often means new resolutions for most of us, which we enthusiastically start and promptly discard when faced with difficult, unpleasant or uncomfortable changes to our ‘new’ way of life. There is, however, one change – namely the intrusion of COVID in our everyday life – that cannot be discarded or ignored because the unforgiving consequences may be devastating. Please read the following Very Important Message, which is being circulated for everybody’s information, and act accordingly:

With the advent of increased COVID infections and highly contagious variants, it is imperative now more than ever that COVID prevention measures are adhered to.  Camposol has seen a surge of infections recently, with 2 COVID related deaths on the urbanisation reported in recent weeks. Anyone who tests positive for COVID or has symptoms, (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), should self-isolate immediately and phone Murcia Salud (Regional Health Authority) on 900 121 212 where further instructions will be given in English if required. There may be some recorded messages in Spanish at the beginning of the call, but do not hang up as an operator will answer – if unsure say “Habla Ingles” and the operator will speak English or transfer the call to an English-speaker. It is Essential that the instructions given are followed to prevent further spread of infection. 

Even if a COVID test result shows positive, but there are no symptoms, the virus will still be transmissible and self-isolation is essential following the above protocol. 

It is everyone’s social and civic responsibility to follow the COVID measures to prevent further proliferation of this disease.  Measures include having the appropriate vaccinations, the correct wearing of masks to cover both the mouth and nose, social distancing, use of hand sanitisers and when shopping the use of disposable gloves provided when handling fresh produce.

Sadly, the beginning of 2022 seems to be as challenging as, (if not more so), the year just ended and the following Prayer for the New Year, by Marjorie McHahan, now seems more appropriate than ever before to help us through the very uncertain future ahead:

Before the portals of the coming year,

I bowed my head and humbly then I prayed.

“Father tell me how to walk with Thee.

The way is dark and I am so afraid”.                   

Soon came the answer as I waited there.

“The New Year is a gift from God above,

No matter what it gives you or withholds.

You must trust God and not ever doubt His love.”

But when the burdens bend my spirit low

And sorrows come I cannot understand?

Softly, but surely came the voice I heard

“Then trust God more, more tightly hold His hand.”

“So many problems, Lord.” I said at last.

“So many ways to turn – how can I know which one is best?”

I heard Him softly say “Hold thou my hand – I will not let thee go.” 

Then suddenly my fears seemed small indeed.

I felt a peace I never knew before.

The portals of the New Year opened wide

And God was waiting just inside the door.

Warmest wishes for the New Year.

Your Councillor can be contacted on silvanaeb@mazarron.es