Hello, friends. I hesitate to say Happy Friday … it’s not at all happy for so many. and it’s full of uncertainty and concern for all of us. and yet. I just caught up with dozens of blogs and Instagram posts sharing stories of hope, love, resilience, and plain old common sense. This week has shown me the kind of community I knew in my heart was possible.
In the last 36 hours, our local schools closed indefinitely. My church closed for at least two weeks. The apartment building in my mom’s community announced a lock-down (she lives in a stand-alone cottage and can have visitors). Katie is working from home for at least the next 30 days (and of course the boys are home…indefinitely). Sara’s April/May trip to the US was cancelled. Marc bought groceries. I bought wine. We are fortunate.
Marc has big plans to get our yard in shape (the man is actually excited about pruning) for spring. I have big plans to knit/sew all the things. and maybe read a little too 😉
Thinking about … not overthinking! Anne Bogel announced she was postponing her Georgia book tour on Monday evening. My sister and I were disappointed, but how wonderful to know we’ll have a fun event to look forward to. One of the lessons from Anne’s book focuses on values-based decision making. I’ve been doing some work around my own values framework since I attended the Still and Still Moving seminar last month. and one of my core values is relationships. When I saw this graphic on Instagram yesterday morning, it made all the decisions about what to do, what to cancel, etc. seem so easy.
Grateful for … already being part of a strong, supportive on-line community. and the on-line tools that help us stay connected. I feel confident using (at least) one of those tools – Zoom meetings – to stay connected with folks I usually see in real life.
Inspired by … these words, from a daily read Marc shared with me this morning (source)
- “Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place.”
- “Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern.”
- “Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.”
Social distancing can be hard. And it can create real issues, especially for those in at-risk groups who really need it to stay safe.
Fun … I shared this photo on Instagram this afternoon.
A wonderful reminder of my Monday knitting time and the special friendships knitting can create … in person and virtually.
Wishing y’all a good weekend. Be safe. Stay well. and know I’m sending each of you a warm virtual hug!