These strange times have got me thinking more and more about the centrality of relationships to our lives. I’m a home-based worker. I lead a charity that is all about encouraging dependable relationships. The ‘new normal’ - children at home, home learning, moving friendships and other family relationships ‘online’ - ought to have offered fewer surprises. It has felt like running a marathon. A heavy dose of self-compassion has been required, as we prepare for the more uncertainties to come.