I know I have said this before and used the same picture* but I really feel it can’t be said enough these days, COMMON SENSE people! It is taking me a few days to wrap my head around this new “normal”. I find myself feeling rather anxious which is atypical for me. I am trying to puzzle out why.
Maybe because I have the responsibility for a child? Part of me is happy he is home safe with me and part of me worries that we will be screaming at each other before the week is out. Putting a woman at the tail end of menopause with a boy on the cusp of puberty seems like way too many hormones in a confined space.
I think the more likely cause of my anxiety is simply the unknown. How long will this last? Will we get locked-down? How many people will actually get sick? Will anyone I know get sick? Will I be able to buy toilet paper (or whatever it is I run out of first) when the time comes? How long will the repercussions last?
Ah, how long will all this last? Will school resume? When will shelves get re-stocked? Stores re-open?
Will this end up changing our lives permanently in any way? Think about how things have changed since 9/11. All the changes to security. Will the impacts from COVID-19 eventually lead to major changes concerning health issues?
As you can see I don’t have any answers, only questions. In time all these questions will be answered. And in the meantime the answer to dealing with my anxiety was staring me right in the face:
My word for the year is “EMBRACE TODAY”. Duh, I need to stop worrying about a tomorrow I can’t control and enjoy what I have today:
- no sick family members
- sloppy joes, french fries and peas planned for dinner
- books to read (I just started “Olive Kitteridge”!)
- internet access to all my blog and Facebook friends
- lovely weather
- a freshly washed dog
- Netflix, TCM and “Poirot” to watch
- a clean, comfortable bed to sleep in
My list could go on and on but you get the idea. Stay safe and encourage:
Common Sense in Uncommon Times
*Picture is from an e-mail from the Vermont Country Store