We are facing unprecedented times right now (at least for my generation). I am shocked at the empty shelves in the grocery store. I have never seen a line in Target waiting for the toilet paper to be unloaded from a truck that hasn’t even arrived yet. Even my own pantry – more beans and rice than ever before.
When will this end? When will we be able to share a cup of coffee at a small table or go to the movies together? When will we do our normal grocery store run and not have to wonder if there is hand sanitizer available?
We don’t know.
Listening to the news nonstop can make matters worse. Isolating from our friends and family creates more loneliness. Worrying about our next paycheck or life without our tips can cause sleepless nights. Maybe you have a friend or family member who is in panic-mode right now. These are just a few of the things that will steal our peace.
If possible, turn off the TV for awhile. Unplug your devices. Take time to be still and find the quiet. Breathe. Focus. Find that calm within. Pray. Meditate. Hold your puppy close. Take a walk outside – in your neighborhood or a park. Nature is a great remedy for many things. Take the time to be gentle with yourself. When you turn your phone on again, call a friend or a neighbor – they might need to hear your friendly voice.
This will pass. We can do this. Breathe, and hold your loved ones close. Stay well, my friends.