What now?

Many of us are asking, What now? The world has changed and doesn’t seem to be going back to “normal” any time soon. It also feels like the world has become a very angry place. How do we cope in these times and how do we move forward from here? I do not profess to have the answers, only some thoughts, and I encourage you to share yours at the end of this post …

First I want to say simply: be kind to one another. It can be challenging when you feel someone is being willfully ignorant or stubborn for the sake of being stubborn, but every one of us has our own challenges through this time in history. Be kind to one another. Speak more softly or don’t speak at all if that’s what it takes. If you feel the need to argue your point be sure you are hearing the other viewpoint as well. I have found that many people are just not good communicators and aren’t saying what they really mean or are being misinterpreted by others. Many are responding out of fear or frustration of not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Be sensitive to this fact and see if you can find a heart-centered approach. I struggle with this too, I know it is easier said than done, but every time that you successfully do this it becomes easier the next time or at least you learn how to politely say “we will have to agree to disagree” then let it go. Choose your battles, it can be exhausting to be in a constant battle.

Secondly, we are all human. I was lucky enough to be raised by a father who told me that the color of ones skin does not matter as long as they treat you right and their value is in their heart. This means meeting people where they are, as they are, and not judging them based on their skin or religion or whatever it may be; look at the person as an individual. Look at their heart and who they are as a person!

For coping mechanisms while staying home more, many have turned to nature, TV, film, crafts, drawing/painting, meditation, dance, online learning, etc. I know our garden has been quite fruitful and some days the only thing that has kept us sane other than each other. I have had to adjust daily life in a lot of ways, walk away from social media and news when it gets to be too much, and actively look for heart-centered places online. Life has changed, but change is the one thing we know is constant, so it will change again, hopefully for the better.

God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change,
the courage to change the one I can,
and the wisdom to know it’s me.

Author Unknown

I saw the above quote and it made me laugh a bit because I resonate with it. Moving forward I am looking at myself and how I can help make the world better and not add to the anger, frustration, and fear. I am starting with me. Change has happened and continues to happen and I can choose to be fluid and move with it or be stressed and rigid and possibly break. I can choose to find my new path in life instead of fighting to hold on to old ways. I can encourage people around me to go for their dreams and be flexible with how to reach them now, I can vote, I can encourage growth toward a better tomorrow … and so can you, it is up to you to choose. Work on yourself first, after all you can’t help others swim if you yourself are drowning.

Life is change.

Heraclitus of Ephesus

I would love to hear how you are staying sane during this time and how you plan to move forward into your new normal … or if life has pretty much remained the same for you. I know some were already working from home and some are first responders or other “essential” workers (we are all “essential” but the discussion of that term is not the intent of this post) so change has felt less dramatic. Please feel free to comment below, if you choose to reply to someone else please remember to be kind.

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