Tips & Truths in Trying Times: What have you discovered about yourself?

These are trippy, weird & confusing times we are ALL in. What a couple weeks we had after our 14 day 100% total isolation.  We hadn’t left our condo at all – no walks, no going anywhere, no nothing.  And we made it……..and we DID NOT call it a prison.  Try to watch your wording … Read moreTips & Truths in Trying Times: What have you discovered about yourself?

Tips & Truths in Trying Times: Everything is weird & unfamiliar right now.

I think it’s ok to not be ok right now.  I mean in the “safest” sense of that statement.  I think it’s ok to not be ok with the feelings of being confused, in the unknown, temporarily stuck in the weirdness zone.  I hope you know what I’m getting at.

 

There is no manual on how to feel right now.  There are definitely “rules” on what TO DO/DO NOT DO right now and I hope you are all strictly adhering to these just as we are.  But those damn feelings!  It’s like a roller coaster.  We are all wired for human connection so that’s been the biggest adjustment for us.  We feel cut off from people and we need that social interaction – more than we realized.  Zipadeedoodah for technology and using it safely and wisely (be educated on the platforms you choose) right now to help keep us all keeping on and somewhat connected.  It’s definitely not a substitute…..we and many others still feel “out of touch” – literally.

 

As we all “learn to be still” in our own unique way and navigate through these feelings of “not ok”, some gifts emerge.  Appreciation, opportunity and human kindness stand out for us.  Celebrate the gifts you are noticing however small they may seem.  Get creative in learning/practicing something you simply had no time for before, many of us have that “time” right now.  In the 21 days it takes to form a “good” habit, you will have totally incorporated it into your routine!

 

As always, please send your heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to those working tirelessly during these challenging times.  Post shout-outs on social media, be a positive force in the world, reach out to people with encouragement, phone people especially those you haven’t spoken to for a while, be informed/be respectful/be responsible/be safe, represent, be mindful and soon your feelings will undoubtedly shift to better than OK.

 

In closing, how about an awkward “Isolation Tale”?  You may recall my story in blog #2 about our 425 sq. ft. cozy living space and how awesome my hubby and I are coping & getting along.  How things change in 3 short days.  Here’s our new time-out space on the lanai……..a cozy tent fort (he was guest #1):

All kidding aside, remember the healing power of laughter…………even if all you do is laugh at yourself!

 

Thank you for reading this to the end and for keeping yourself and others safe.  Together we are so much stronger.

In gratitude,

Caron

 

We’re together in this.

Friendly & safe greetings to each and every one of you:

What better way to restart a blog then during a global pandemic.  I have no excuse for the lack of consistency & communication other then it was maybe time for me to press pause, rethink and reset.  I suppose like many of us right now.

There is no handbook or manual on how to handle the situation we are currently in.  These are certainly unprecedented times.  Filled with a mixture of fear, chaos and of course panic.  Everything changes daily and these struggles are all too real.  Vulnerability, unemployment, economic downturn, uncertainty, rapid changes, new way of doing everything, the list goes on.

Every single one of us has or will react differently to the situation we are all in. In our own family, there have been different reactions and responses to all this – we all cope differently.  What is important is to be honest and transparent with how you are feeling.  We should not be judgmental ever, but especially now when people need to feel safe expressing their fears.  Try to be compassionate and empathetic with others. We are all going to need each other more than we have ever realized.

We all have a duty to be informed, diligently responsible, respectful and SAFE right now.  There are an incredible number of people who are working tirelessly in health care/essential services to help those who need it most.  Not to mention those who are going above and beyond to keep the grocery, fuel, transport, delivery & other necessary services available.  We all need to be grateful daily for these individuals.  If you’re one of them, GRATEFUL FOR YOU!

And as always, amidst all the fear and chaos, something beautiful surfaces.  We see signs of optimism and hope.  There are so many inspiring acts of kindness……people trying their best to cope and along the way, delivering some goodness, fun and joy to the temporary difficult situation we are all in.  We all need to be grateful daily for these individuals too.  If you’re one of them, GRATEFUL FOR YOU!

I do not have big answers to any of this.  I seriously do not.  I can default to being hopeful, grateful  and kind.  That’s what I choose!

Thank you for reading this to the end and for keeping yourself and others safe.  Together we are stronger – we truly are.  I’m very grateful for YOU.

Together & grateful,
Caron