Dealing with Uncertainty

29 September, 2020

Everybody has been knocked off balance by recent events. We have had to confront an unprecedented situation, adjust to new ways of working and find solutions to problems we’ve never faced before.

However, the biggest challenge for many people will be dealing with the uncertainty of not knowing when this crisis will be over. It is hard not having an end in sight.

It will be difficult for everyone, but for some more than others. If you have young children, for example, it may be hard for you to focus if you are working from home; if you live by yourself, you may feel lonely. Even though I don’t have either of those problems, I’m still finding it difficult.

But in the early days of the pandemic, I stumbled across a helpful piece of advice from an unlikely source. In the 2019 Ashes series, England were chasing a score of 359 in the third test at Headingley. When Jack Leach came in, we still needed 73 runs to win. Leach is not known for his talent as a batsman, which is why he had come in at number eleven. As a result, it looked very unlikely that England would succeed.

The only chance we had was if Leach could stay in and give Ben Stokes the chance to score the runs required. Leach played his part to perfection, defending the ball carefully and scoring only one run over the course of an hour spent at the crease. This allowed Stokes to score 75 and steer us to victory.

Referencing this achievement, Leach took to Twitter in March to encourage everyone to play their part:

‘Being boring is boring guys! But if it gets the job done it’s definitely worth it! We are all batting at 11 so let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start playing shots. Defend your stumps. One ball at a time and let Stokes do his thing #StayAtHome.’

I think this is good advice for all of us who are struggling with the uncertainty of our current situation. It may be difficult, but if we take one day at a time and never lose sight of the fact that we are playing our part in a national crisis, we will get through it.