Sun or Shade?
I like to describe the past couple of years like swimming in a lake. The water is murky with little to no visibility. The lake bottom is filled with various soils that give that icky squishy feeling between your toes, branches, leaves, sunken human garbage, and I will not say what else. We, in turn, keep swimming, treading water, not really wanting to plant our feet into the ground for the feeling of stability. We are tired, overwhelmed, and have no clue what’s around us.
The pandemic has brought a lot of shifts, changes, cancelations, and limitations. And we don’t like it. None of us want to root ourselves onto the lake bottom, so we keep swimming.
Whether we realize it or not, this has impacted our beings to the core. I do not know the answer to bring us forward, I can only say what I know would help me.
- Travel: Get out there and explore the world. Not for a mental break, but for mental growth.
- Community Participation: Reconnecting to your home, beyond your four walls, is so fulfilling to the soul. It could be delivering food, planting flowers, cleaning up, or building something. Heck, it could be just a walk in the park and saying hello to everyone you pass by.
- Eat, Pray, Love: Elizabeth Gilbert is an extraordinary woman. I’m not saying drop everything and travel the world as she did… unless you can and want. What I am saying is that we are all on our own personal journeys in life, give yourselves grace, as much as others ask for it to be given to them. Figure out what you love and make it a priority. Figure out your higher spiritual being and follow it.
I write this to remind myself, this is what I need to get out of this lake. Just three things, all accomplishable, and I will plant my feet again.