Denise commented that she enjoyed my last post, the one about smiling with the birds. She thought it was better than fixating on the latest virus news, and she suggested that I sort through my pictures from the Southwest and see what else I could find that might elicit more smiles.
When we got home from Arizona at the end of February I was so sick that all I wanted to do was crawl into bed, and sorting more pictures wasn’t even on my radar. And then days went by and I felt better but the trip west seemed to be a distant memory.
And I figured you’d all moved on anyway.
But she has a point. I hadn’t even looked through pictures from our last days of the trip when we stood in awe at the Grand Canyon.
So I thought I’d share a few of those images while I talk just a tiny bit about how I’m processing the latest news and self isolation.
Because I’m feeling a bit guilty about enjoying the time to myself.
Sure I’m sad that band has been cancelled, our next concert in jeopardy, but we got to perform just a couple weeks ago,and I’m grateful for that.
And I’m sorry that the Ann Arbor Symphony won’t be doing their concert next weekend, I’d been looking forward to the program and seeing my aunt again after several weeks where bad weather and illness kept us apart.
But…having an empty calendar in front of me feels peaceful. Nothing more to do than find ways to stretch the food I have in the house as far as possible. Time to read. To watch the birds at my feeders.
To take Katie on walks around the yard.
I know that I’m lucky – I’m not dealing with children home from school or trying to do my job from an unfamiliar computer system set up in the bedroom. I can use this time to learn how to entertain myself the old fashioned way, at home, with my husband and my dog.
So, if you can, my advice is to use this time to internalize, to settle, to work the stiffness out of your shoulders and necks.
To slow down.
We are all on this trail together but separate. There’s no way to go but forward, doing the best we can to not make things worse.
We can use this time to watch the news incessantly, or we can use this time to grow as people and perhaps figure out just what is important.
Me? I’m going to watch the news for a few minutes each morning, just to make sure something hasn’t blown up. Then I’m turning the TV to the music stations. Right now I’m listening to show tunes.
It works for me. I hope you find whatever works for you as well.