It’s been a while, I know. All is well on my end. No, I haven’t been ill, just super busy with my day job that has been nuts! Running a Human Resources function during a pandemic has been a huge learning opportunity and super challenging but fun. No complaints, just gratitude! I am fully aware that I have enjoyed the privilege of working from home, and I am very grateful for that. When not working, I’ve opted for more brainless activities to keep myself balanced, like working out, playing word games on my iPad, enjoying mind-numbing retro TV, and binge-watching a bunch of stuff on the most popular streaming services.
I think a lot about (and thank) those of us who have had to work outside of our homes, like our blessed medical professionals, delivery people, store clerks who have kept working to make things better for others. I also think about those who have lost jobs, livelihoods, homes, marriages, loved ones, and more. I send all love and peace.
I have missed writing, though. In fact, I have written but not published a few things. And after reviewing what I’ve written, it certainly was not my best work. I have felt compassion for people who have been challenged by anxiety, depression, and more. Even though turning within has always worked for me, it hasn’t felt like the right thing to suggest that everyone do that when so many were and still are suffering from loneliness. The other thing we all have to remember is that many who have experienced the terrible aspects of the last many months, had other seemingly insurmountable stuff going on before it all started. Oh man… that’s super tough.
As we reawaken our worlds and neighborhoods (and ourselves…just sayin’), I have been really struggling with the separation that the whole vaccine situation has brought on! I can’t believe that certain venues are actually having people separated by their vaccination status. And that we even entertain using “non vaccinated” status as a scarlet letter or something. Just when we are climbing out of our cocoons, now we have another reason to be afraid? Seriously, it’s like clipping butterfly wings just as it pushes through the cocoon. Yeah, well, living in fear is… not my thing. I’ll be safe, use face coverings and sanitizer, wash my hands and keep my distance, but I won’t use fear as my guide when interacting with others.
I recently met good friends for dinner, and it felt bizarre not to hug them, so guess what!? We had masks on and hugged anyway. Sorry, I’m not the double cheek air kiss type.
Yes, I am still working out six days a week, and although I have put on a few pounds (very few), it certainly has not been the 10 to 20 pounds I’ve heard about. My house has been my office, gym, restaurant, movie theatre, and even a mall as I’ve shopped online for groceries, clothing, bath products, and more. I finally killed my excersise bike and bought a new one. I still hate my rowing machine! My dogs have never been happier. I’ve met and networked with people for happy hours, and other casual conversations all from my home computer. Yeah, I may share stories in the future about some of that.
I have become my own nail lady, with the full gel nail set up, complete with a gel lamp, multiple acrylic options like powder, polygel, and other hard gel options. And yes, I have kept my hands and feet on point! Even with the neuropathy in my hands, I’ve gotten pretty good at it.
So as I sit here enjoying the writing process, I am moved to remind us all to focus on our highest selves and always do what we “feel” is right.
When in doubt, choose love! When in fear, choose love! When you’re angry, kick your ego in the shins, and choose love? If you are vaccinated, and someone else isn’t, choose love over judgment! If you are not vaccinated, and someone else is choose to be, choose love over judgment?
I am happy to be back and will do my best to write as often as I can.
Love, light, peace, and joy!
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