These lists are a little of what I'm holding as April comes to a close. What items are on your lists?
Thursday is one of the days when I participate in a weekly online professional gathering at noon. This week's topic was navigating disorientation, something we all seem to be able to relate to these days. My wise psychologist colleagues pointed out how routines serve to ground us and help us mark time. This insight has me thinking about ways I can introduce additional day-of-the-week routines to my current state of being. Are you feeling disoriented about what day and/or date it is? Do you have daily rituals that help you mark time? What routines do you find helpful or comforting?
Throughout this difficult time (and maybe more this past week than previously), my emotions have been ping-ponging around to stress, fear, anxiety, grief and occasionally a sense of security or normalcy. No wonder I'm exhausted by day's end. How have you been experiencing these strange days? What's keeping you grounded and connected to gratitude?
Isn't it strange how quickly life can change? After however-many days staying home now, it's easy for me to recognize feeling a false sense of security and a magical thinking that my friends and loved ones and me will remain untouched. Here are a few things that are bringing joy and gratitude to my heart these days.