There’s no way around it. Times are strange and things are so wonky right now. Emotions are in full swing. Some days I just don’t know what I should be doing or saying. The line is blurred between being positive and upsetting those that are struggling.
I’ll be honest, last week for me was fine. I was not going to let this craziness get me down. I had a routine each morning that I stuck to and had my list of things to keep me busy and productive every day. I was positive and upbeat and encouraged others to be so as well!
Then this week hit with the news that we are going to be distancing through the end of April. I had gone to the grocery store on Sunday and everything felt so different. Plastic barricades up for protection. People giving a look if you got a little too close. And believe it or not, I didn’t know how to act when I turned down the toilet paper aisle and saw ONE LONE pack at the OTHER end! I sped up to get there before someone else rounded the corner. I grabbed it and put it under my groceries so that no one would make me feel bad for getting it!! It was the LAST pack. At one moment I thought I was being punked and that someone was going to come from around the corner laughing that they had me on video! Wow. Talk about emotions that I had no idea what to do with.
I’ve gotten a little quieter with my “positive attitude”. I’m still very positive and have full confidence that when this is over we will be better and stronger for it. However I’m being a little more careful with how I’m being on social media and with those that I love and care about. Some people are having a very hard time right now. Some people are having to go out and be on the front line, exposing themselves every day to this awful virus. I appreciate those people so much and pray for their health and safety every day. My husband is considered essential and is out working each day too, so my praying time is in full swing.
I’m still keeping myself busy and productive throughout the day, and doing my best to be as positive and supportive to those around me as possible. I’m being a little quieter, hoping to offer a little encouragement here and there when it’s needed, but not to make someone already very emotional feel even worse. It’s a hard time because some that are struggling have an even more difficult time when they see others pumping out that positive attitude in a big way. Yet, I want to encourage everyone to look at the good things that are taking place around them and to appreciate those things. So what is the answer?
For me, I am just hoping to be an ear or shoulder. To be empathetic and caring. To be a positive voice ensuring that we will get through this, and that we will be stronger on the other side! For myself, I’m very fortunate to have my own business in the direct sales field, so I’m able to continue working from home. I’m also fortunate that people are still looking to fragrance their homes, especially now that they are stuck there for another month. We have had to pivot and work our businesses a little differently, but I believe the entire world is doing that to some degree and again, it will just make us stronger in the long run.
So where ever you are and what ever you may be feeling, know that you aren’t alone. Know that we are all having to put our best foot forward each day so that we stay positive. And know that it’s ok to get a little emotional and even retreat for a short bit to feel those feelings. But it’s also so important that you don’t stay there. Connect with the friends or family members via FaceTime or a Zoom call for a few laughs. Perhaps decide during this time what you’d love to do when this ends and put the plans together to make those things happen. Reinvent yourself. Clean out some clutter. Look for the little things to put a smile on your face or the face of those you are with. The point being…keep your head up and keep moving forward. One step at a time. One day at a time.
We WILL be stronger. I have faith in us. I have faith in you.
Blessings and love…