Happy to be back today. Like with many of you, the past few weeks have brought sleepless nights, alternating periods of sadness and joy, and many adjustments as we’ve learned how to do things differently.
Last week my daughter stopped by to drop off some groceries. It was a beautiful day so we all sat in the backyard at a safe distance from each other, except for the dogs who all wanted to be on our laps. But there were no hugs, no sharing space in the kitchen, no excitement about plans for summer travel adventures. The new normal. Yet, there was positive conversation about gardening, birds, alternate summer plans for community service, and new ways to connect. There was hope, and love, and gratitude. There was joy.
I’m not sure where I first saw the list of daily questions to ask yourself during this time of social distancing, probably Twitter or maybe Facebook, but it sits by my computer as a daily reminder for me to think about what I am grateful for, who I am connecting with, what expectation of normal I am letting go, how I am getting outside, how I am moving my body, and what beauty I am creating or inviting in.
Last night I participated in a Twitter chat about the power of poetry to soothe souls during trying times (#NYEDChat), so I’ll leave you with some words from Emily Dickinson:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
Take care and stay safe.