We’re in the middle of a pandemic, my friends, and my encouragement for you all today is GIVE YOURSELF SOME GRACE!!!
[Or perhaps you are reading this later, and although thankfully the world has returned to somewhat normal, you feel as though you are in a crisis all your own. Read on.]
It’s been a rough couple or few (or how many??? what day is it???) weeks on all of us, and I just want to recognize something. I’ve come to grips with the fact that I am NOT functioning at 100% right now (and many of you know, as I’ve shared on Facebook) I’ve been brought to tears many times lately. I am recognizing that I am emotionally and mentally taxed.
This is not to suggest that I am ungrateful. NO, I am extremely grateful to have it “good” right now. No-one in my family has lost their jobs/income (although business is a bit slow), we are all together and healthy, and I cannot imagine what others are going through who are being more closely touched by this pandemic.
And don’t even get me started on how hard it must be for all of the health care workers, first responders, and even the many workers in grocery stores, drug stores, and such so that we can be safe and get what we need. I am SO grateful for all of you!!!
But I realized something.
It is still really hard for all of us right now. It’s tiring and emotionally heartbreaking to do something as simple as go out to get groceries or manage another day in the house altogether. The amount of thought it takes to do things that either would have been “normal” or that are completely NOT normal is crazy.
We feel the sadness and fear of those around us, whether it be our families, the people we walk by (6 ft. away), or the news we hear from outside of our homes, and we cannot avoid it completely. And on top of all that, we cannot get together or touch hardly anyone (which is one of our basic needs!) And we are afraid of what the world will look like when all of this is over.
So yes, let’s allow ourselves some space to feel what we’re feeling, grieve the losses (great or small) that we are ALL experiencing, and cut ourselves some slack. Let’s continue to reach out to to others (that’s a message for another post), so we don’t get stuck in our own negativity, but be OK with not accomplishing it all or being happy in the midst of a really hard situation.
Take some time to care for yourself in whatever way you can. Enjoy the outdoors, some quiet, prayer and Bible reading, uplifting or fun music, play a board game, reading a good book, mindlessly watching TV when that’s all you have left, or doing something you love, and let some other things go.
One of the nicest things my Mom ever told me when she was going through her first cancer struggle many years ago, was that my feelings still mattered, even though they felt small and unimportant to me by comparison.
You are important and your feelings matter, no matter what’s going on in the world around you.
No matter where you find yourself on the pandemic spectrum, know that I am thinking of and praying for you all.
And enjoy my pretty flowers.
[This post was originally just something I posted on Facebook, but I soon realized it needed a blog post of it’s own. I pray that you have been encouraged.]