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I like working from home
As someone who is okay spending a lot of time alone and having a few rather than many connections, less social gathering left me feeling calmer and less anxious, more myself.
Not being able to dash to the store every time I think of something I need has made me better at making do with what I have, stretching ingredients to last longer, and making sure I use up or freeze/preserve things rather than letting them waste away in the refrigerator. Thereby, it revealed to me how much I had been wasting.
Walking the same few paths again and again close to my home rather than traveling for hikes and excursions revealed how much there is to notice right at my fingertips. I like to hunt for wildflowers, especially the spring ephemerals, and I found so many growing in a little patch of woods near my house – rue and wood anemones, bloodroot, cutleaf toothwort, putty root orchid. These are, of course, common forest flowers, but while I always notice them and even seek them out on hikes, I realized that I’d overlooked them on the everyday paths closest to my home.
I was forced to SLOW way down. Even with the ups and downs, I have been enjoying my life and learning how to experience the moment. I miss my family and friends immensely, but I was missing me before this and didn’t even realize it. This has been a good experience for me.
How easily people can be controlled without knowing what they are doing has any validity.
The importance of a strong immune system – which points to good nutrition – which points to healthy food – which points to healthy soils full of micronutrients – which points to conscious care for our environment.
Doing brunch on Zoom with your besties isn’t as fun as if you were in person. I took for granted that energy that just comes from being near someone, look at their faces, and all the non-verbal cues. We meet up in person nowadays but we’re now more mindful of the time we get to share together. We don’t take it for granted.
How important my connection to friends and family mean to me. Often I take things for granted. Then something like this happens and I realize the value and loss of those we care about in our lives. How a simple hug can make your day and now its a wave. I am looking for new ways to connect to people. I am blessed to be willing to look at how I can make changes in my life to be part of this new world and make some small difference each day.
I’m writing this as we approach year two of the global pandemic.
Just as I was discovering how important connection was to me, this virus came along and exposed the strata of our society. I’m still trying to keep and grow connections, but once again, I feel I am outside of many circles. The expendable are now re-named “the essential”. Clever. My connections have deepened. It has nothing to do with the pandemic, but in spite of the pandemic. My commitment to reaching out and being honest has been the most rewarding.
I feel as if it has aged me a lot. Happily, my kids and granddaughters are all in my bubble – only a few blocks away in different directions – so I am grateful about that and feel wonderfully fortunate.
I realise how important family is to me and when my grandson was born and I wasn’t able to visit the family due to Covid restrictions. However I’m grateful that things have changed in the UK and we are now able to see each other more often.
The primary thing that comes to mind is that I need people in my life. I was so happy to find a remote job but after a year and a half into it I realized how much I missed human interaction.
I need to be hugged. I need to give hugs. Social-distancing is maddening to me. My God is bigger than a virus. My time to die was determined by my God way before now and I am not going to waste the days I have left on this earth social distancing because tyrannical government bodies tell me to. Okay, I admit it, I am a rebel.
IT IS A TIME OF “COVID – 19 ” , not just a time of social distancing. COVID – 19 can be see as a wake-up call …wake up to the true gift of what it means to be a “Human Being” and put loving value to ‘the Season’ when the Word “Christ” and “Christianity” will be used a lot. COVID-19 presents the opportunity to awaken their meaning not just as outer images to be hung on a wall or represent a gathering in a structure made of wood and stones …..BUT….. experience it as a Rosy-red light emanating from each etheric heart acting in accordance with the power of the truth of the one any only commandment Joshua Emmanuel gave, “Love Thy neighbour as thy self”. The meaning behind the original word ( Greek ) “Christos” ( known long before 2000 years ago ) implies “look after each other, love each other, no matter how far apart, because all we truly have IS each other”. The distance between…is not the key to humanities connection to one another, True Love / Divine Love / has no need for Distance or time.
I wish I’d done this years ago!
So many things! When it started, almost two years ago, I wrote down what came to me in a meditation; look at your life. pick up what you want to keep with you now, leave the rest and go through the door of your new life.
It took me all that time to do that, and I am still working. on some of it. As I sift through things, I am still “cleaning out closets”, and soon will start on the drawers. It is all physical and also psychological for me. I have even found things a shelf at a time in a cupboard that all of a sudden feel like they need sorting, and I will do it. The feeling when I am finished is relief and a letting go of something I have outgrown. It is wonderful! I also discovered a sense of panic when we were feeling safe this past summer….because I wasn’t finished. But then I realized it is OK to continue on. Just because others are ready to “re-enter” doesn’t mean I have to yet….it has been wonderful….
I have the ability to be social when I wish, as I live in a neighborhood that is very social and it is built like a condo development. In the past, that has been too social for me, but now it is great! AND all the Zoom meetings and services are fantastic! My meditation group, both book clubs, and all my church activities are all on Zoom. I love it! If I want to, when the weather is good, I can just go out the door and the Open Space is within a five minute walk. I am enjoying this very much. I have been doing really well.
My need to balance activity and rest with solitude. I’m more balanced now than before.
I appreciate the priviledge of living in community better. When we are denied a thing, like gathering for worship, it made me realize how much it fed and encouraged me to be with others of like faith. Now, keeping our distance for safety sake, or looking into someone’s eyes because the rest of their face is covered, it makes me appreciate just being with another human being.
That is a very valuable result isn’t it …..the dreaded masks have reawakened the importance of eye contact over all other facial expressions …..I noted from the beginning that young children were not deterred by the mask …they smiled at the smiles behind the masks, no hesitation, for me it became a fun thing to experience them this way.
The power of connection and who matters most
(Seems like today’s question and many of the responses are from last year….an unintended glitch in this platform. But, since we’re all still dealing with the effects of Covid in various ways, the question itself is still relevant even a year later.)
The precautions and restrictions set in place as measures to protect us from either contracting Covid 19 or spreading it to other people have also highlighted our fundamental need as human beings to be among one another to socialize, or, to just be near to where people are gathered, period. Data is beginning to reveal that forced isolation over an extended period of time can be unhealthy and detrimental to a person’s life. Scientifically, we’ve known this for eons. But now, every day people the world over are experiencing the potentially damaging effects of extended isolation on the human body and psyche.
Personally, I’m still 100% “in,” and my mask is on where advised, if doing so will help to keep me and my neighbors safer, as attempts continue for us, globally, to eradicate this pandemic.
I noticed that too and didn’t bother with answering. I saw 27 responses at 430am and noticed it was from last year. Sad this pandemic is still on going.
Thanks for pointing that out, Kevin – such fun to compare my 2 answers. Warm wishes to you –
When I read the question before clicking the link to get in, I thought, “we aren’t really social-distancing anymore.” And then I came in and saw answers from last year, and also that I didn’t answer this one at all.
While we did social distance last year, the industry I am in kept me from social distancing 40-45 hours a week. All of my friends social distanced, but that wasn’t a big deal to me because my husband & I had just moved to the country which social distanced us from pretty much everyone! It was a weird time, though, and it still is. Being the people-person that I am, I haven’t liked any of this, but I’m grateful my job kept me in touch with humans on a daily basis. Things are somewhat normal where I live, as people go shopping, out to eat, to concerts, etc., but I still have to wear a mask at work (which is fine, even though I honestly hate it), and I can’t wait for some real normalcy to return.
I guess what social distancing revealed to me is what I already knew – I love people, love seeing and talking with them, and know how important it is for my well being.
social-distancing is not a problem
the problem is being stuck at home all day and not being able to go anywhere – library, starbucks
I work too many hours, and I don’t spend enough time with the people or things that truly matter to me. Life is passing me by…
It has brought me to a deeper relationship with Jesus. I live alone, but I am not alone ..He is always with me. My adult children are near by which I am grateful for. I see them once a week. With the help of Gods grace this evil virus will be defeated soon. The good that comes out of the bad ..I’ve noticed many people reaching out to help others for example some people are offering to shop for elderly people.
This situation reveals to me how the USA needs to put God back into our nation….and the whole world. Our Lady of Medjugorje (hope I spelled that right ) is calling us to Pray Pray Pray !!!
The act of social distancing nothing, for I’m almost always home. This “time”, that the unpowers that unbe are so determined to extinct humanity to steal all their everything that they will exterminate them like Hitler, Hirohito, Franco and Mussolini did; except astronomically more than they did. Grateful for the virtuality of this community as well as it. Thanx for all you All do and have a good morn’ 🙂 reality
That I do not like what it is doing to human kind. I also do not like that I cannot go and have a proper visit with hugs for my Mother as she is lockdown, as has my Dad who has been in lockdown for exactly 32 days in which none of those days have we been allowed to see him person to person he has dementia plus various health complications, but lockdown means no goes one in and no one goes out not even my Mom, who had been with my Dad for 62 years. 🙁
I need to think about this more, hope to be able to reply to this later.
With spouse and adult children all locked down together with me, I am surprised how much closer we have become. What I find so striking in social distancing from others is that the space between us, that I never much thought about, is now filled with the risk of danger, danger of the microscopic kind. So what drew me to others now has a repelling element to it now.
My identity&WHO I AM TO GOD.
Although I have come to enjoy my solitude it is nice our family, our Ohana as we call it in Hawaii, draws ever closer in spirit, emotionally, & intellectually. We text, talk on the phone, look out for each other tho keeping our social distancing. Who could have ever imagined such a pandemic? I am a retired RN so really pray my colleagues on the front lines. “May every one be safe.”. Staying safe has taken on a whole more urgent meaning.???
The importance of being together with friends and loved ones. I feel like I’ve taken this for granted. I seem to be more appreciative of the little things, I find myself having the time to notice things that I otherwise would be too busy to see.
In this changed time, I am learning to do things in new ways – and sometimes choosing new ways to do things, such as choosing, strangely, to dress a bit better than I normally chose to dress. I’m learning to ‘think outside the box’ more, for example, with regard to some foods I have typically taken for granted. And I’m meditating online at Spirit Rock and going back to the church where I used to live, online!
As I read what others are sharing in answer to today’s question, I was drawn to my bookcase to retrieve Anthony DeMello’s book “One Minute Wisdom. I wanted to share a definition of spirituality it offers:
Even though it was the Master’s day of silence, a traveler begged for a word of wisdom that would guide him through life’s journey. The Master nodded affably, took a sheet of paper and wrote a single word on it: “Awareness.” The visitor was perplexed. “That’s too brief.” Would you please expand on it a bit?” The Master took the paper back and wrote: “Awareness, awareness, awareness.”
“But what do these words mean?” said the stranger helplessly. The Master reached out for the paper and wrote: “Awareness, awareness, awareness means AWARENESS.” My prayer from the first day of my isolation over 3 weeks ago has been, “May I grow from this. May I learn to be a better person.” Yes, the definition of spirituality is awareness. When we can look at this as a situation not a problem, we will know that we have grown from this experience.
Thank you, dear Carol. Warm greetings to you.
I miss my children and grandchildren more than ever. Even the ones I rarely saw anyway. When I watch movies or TV I’m surprised how much it bothers me to see people being so close to each other, which I think is kind of funny. I miss my parishioners, seeing their faces and hearing their stories face to face. Fortunately none have been in the hospital, and there have been no deaths in my congregation. But I know pastors for whom that has been the case, and my heart goes out to them.
It makes me wonder if social distancing will continue for flu season? This is revealing a need for this to end. What will the new normal be? I can’t wait to go to back to Universal and get to ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike roller coaster man.
It would have been very hard for my husband ( he loved dancing , socializing ) Since his passing I have become a loner by choice. I learned a lot within those years of grief and finally joy.
In this time now I realize the difference between going foodshopping and being in nature- by myself and my 2 dogs, or simply sit in the garden and listen to the happy songs of the birds.
I am more aware of my thoughts and frustrations. I learn also to be more aware of other people feelings. That it is hard for so many. I am content bc I have everything I need. A house which is not a prison rather a home, food I have. My 2 daughters. And a drive by to talk with open window. Sending emails to friends, often with photos attached or beautiful poems and quotes.
I notice the smiles occasionally of passing by people and I send silently blessings. Also to those who seem to be sad or even angry. That is my new me – to try at least.
Which by the way came to me through Br. David Steindl Rast. I sent those to my daughters. Yes sharing thoughts is a blessing.
And I stay away of negativity , deleting negative posts and NOT listen to news.
For me, it has put the spotlight on relationships. It can be easy to follow the lines of our busy routines, from A to B to C. What’s left when that is removed? Our social connections. We’re in this together, so we need to make it work. I need to remember to be patient, to be grateful, to compromise, and to let the little things go. I need to follow my instincts and reach out to those who might be doing it tough. Distancing physically, while connecting socially.
That things are not that different. I’m not very social and being home is comfortable for me. I’d like to be more social now though, I’m wanting more connection, I want to be more social.
Also, I’ve had to take a step back from work email and discussion. I’m not being helpful and need to refocus on what I’m doing and how I’m helping.
Sounds like you are quite self-aware and having some useful reflections. Best wishes.
That I’m not as nice as I like to think I am.
I think that’s a common feeling.. but don’t be too hard on yourself!
It has revealed to me what is most important to me. My family. Due to age and comorbities, the task of evading the coronavirus has become a focus for my husband and elderly parent. Everyone in the household has sheltered in place now for five weeks. Each person in the household dependent on the other to make sure that the invisible enemy doesn’t attack our love ones. Each person making sacrifices for another. Love in action. Family truly matters.
Guess it is somewhat revealing in being so grateful that social-distancing has somewhat made us aware that using today’s technology made the world a “global village”.
Suffices to say. that thanks to the internet, I just finished watching Bishop’s R. Barron Via Sagra, and that is besides listening to a lot of classical music during the Lent period. Now is not that amazing.
It has revealed to me how much my daily gratitude and meditation practice is helping me . I have my times when I have « chatter » in my brain, but I am able to redirect my thoughts better. Having a daily routine is helping.It also has opened my eyes more to how we are all connected, sharing the concerns and fears and supporting each other.
I’m always social distancing , so only thing it revealed to me is , I can really enjoy driving now with fewer cars on the road and less people driving up on my a**. Just wish I could find enough courage to go to the stores because I know that would be a nice experience also , but I really don’t want to go into any stores
It reveals to me that adjusting to the necessary changes in my daily routines is more difficult than I thought it would be. And because our entire family lives nearby; three daughters, three sons-in-law and seven grandkids, we are all finding it challenging to remain six feet apart….but we’re doing it! We’re doing “drive-by’s” to one another’s houses and sitting in the cars with windows open to talk. The kids, not allowed to leave their vehicles, are sitting out the windows or standing looking out through the sky lights and talking! One of our grandsons the other day said, “This is dumb. Why am I sitting here on the roof talking to my cousin when I can just Facetime him?”
Thus far, we are all very fortunate. Thousands of people who have succumbed to this virus will never have the chance to see, let alone visit their loved ones in a drive-by, ever again.
How to be happy in the moment —- digging deeply into self exploration and connection with Spirit.
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