How are you holding up? Where are you finding your strength over these trying times? What are you struggling with since the shutdowns and lock downs started? Normally, I don’t post in the middle of the week, but this is a bonus post for all my faithful followers.
Since December, I’ve worked long hours from home, ate and went to bed probably like many of you. Going out only for supplies to last another several weeks. Somewhere around mid-April, I had to admit how much going out to stores scared me, how disturbing it felt to read flashing signs along streets saying, “stay home.” Hearing the continuous monotone voices repeating the warnings of social distancing, the “stand here” marks on the floor of every place of business. To be caught without a mask in public felt like I’d forgotten to put on pants.
Does anyone else think this has been the grayest, rainiest four months ever? I locked myself in my house, sans TV, sans radio. I tuned into the sound of silence. I didn’t like what I was feeling.
When I couldn’t come up with any ideas to post, I thought, What’s wrong with me? I’m a positive person, I see silver linings. I am an encourager! There have been so many losses, and changes already this year. Maybe I’m depressed. Probably a lot of us would like to hit the reset button on 2020. And I’d be at the front of that line if such a button existed. How would I get my groove back?
My angel dropped me a line this week. I’ve mentioned her before. And as usual, her timing was impeccable. She helped me remember that to some extent, I make my own reality. Instead of blending in with the gray weather I could be the sunshine!
A series of unfortunate circumstances detoured me. To be a joyful person, a positive person, my tank needs to be refilled occasionally. This week brought about ways to fill the “Joy Tank.” It started with finding a photo album of some happier times and recalling all the good, sinking into that moment. Then a verse came to mind.
In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy. ~Pilipiyim 4:8
If you’re missing some of your joy, recognize it. Then, take action! Once I started looking for joy, I was surprised at how much better I felt. I’m sharing a photo album of sorts with you. Each one of these photos made my heart feel a little lighter or brighter. Hang in there. Better days are ahead. I hope these bring you a smile.
Recall one of your happiest moments. What was going on? Who was there? Share the joy! Tell your story.