Welcome to “Calm in Crazy Times”!
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some posts that I hope will help us navigate through these current “unprecedented” times.
For most of us, the world as we have known it has changed dramatically. COVID-19 arrived and took the entire planet by storm. None of us have ever experienced a pandemic of this magnitude or the constraints that are a necessary global effort to control its spread.
Added to this somewhat chaotic picture is the arrival of Christmas, the time of year when many of us traditionally gather with family and friends, coworkers and neighbours, to share the warm feelings of the season.
Christmas Eve parties, Christmas dinner with family, Boxing Day parties, New Years Eve celebrations.
This year, however, will be different. Also unlike anything yet experienced. We are being strongly advised, and in many places forced, to “stay home,” to not mingle outside of your “bubble”.
So . . . What can we do?
Surprisingly, in spite of the many COVID restrictions, there are many choices available to us. We could, of course, ignore the wisdom directing us to “stay home and be safe.” However, if we made that very unwise choice we would face the consequence of a wildly spreading virus. That would not be a very intelligent choice, and I’m sure not one that any of you would entertain.
So . . . What CAN we do?
Well I hope that in the days ahead, together we can come up with some creative ideas to help brighten this time, for ourselves and for others, family, friends and even strangers.
Now more than ever it’s a time for us to tap into our extensive resource of creativity, compassion and most of all calm and make this a whole new enriching experience.
We can Zoom or FaceTime with loved ones wherever they are on the planet. We can share a Happy Hour with them or a virtual meal. I know friends that have FaceTimed and shared dinner with family in another city. I had a Zoom “Happy Hour” with some friends recently from Santa Monica to North Vancouver. It was great fun!
Every day or two I’ll be sharing a post and I welcome your comments. I hope we can have a conversation.
To begin I’m inviting you to join me in an exercise in gratitude.
To begin each day making a mental note (or a real one) of two things for which you are grateful. It can be something from the past, when you were a kid, or something from yesterday. And if you would like to share them you can post them in comments.