Quarantine Musings by Mary

Today was a good day.

Some of the days have not been quite as good and for me I always try to find the bright side in everything and I can never understand why I am feeling less than Pollyanna.

I read some really cool resources yesterday and everything I listened to and read today all seemed to help make me feel better…….about not feeling better.

Friends, we have never been though anything like this….ever. So what we are feeling as we don’t do all the productive things or can’t seem to feel or act normal is perfectly healthy and normal. We don’t know how to react in this situation because we have never been in this situation.

Brene Brown’s podcast this week was really cool. She gave a bunch of coping skills but also she said something so profound to me. Usually when we are in crisis, our adrenaline and all our faculties ramp up to deal with the crisis and then afterwards we deal with the emotions. We don’t know when this is going to end so we can deal and we have all been at the high peak of stress and anxiety for weeks, some for months. I can’t do it justice but would highly recommend listening to it.

My bible study this morning from Bob Goff’s Live in grace, Walk in love was speaking directly to me. God finds the way to get through my chaos and give me peace if I open my eyes and heart long enough to listen.

Some of the words that took my breath away from my bible study were:

“We don’t feel the dull ache of boredom because we don’t have options. We feel the ache because we’ve forgotten the magic in everyday moments.”

Woah….we have endless options available to us only one of which is not seeing people physically. We can do video chats or phone calls or texts or a myriad of other ways of connecting. This is uncomfortable for sure but we really do have so many things to occupy our time if we take a moment and look.

And then next…..

God put us on a playground with billions of people to hang out with. He told us we could be a part of His plan to make every person feel seen and celebrated. He gave us cotton candy and Ferris wheels, pianos and people who make music. He gave us imaginations so we could dream things no one’s ever done and a sense of humor so we’d find delight in everything.

We can make everyone feel seen and celebrated. We are all doing the best we can and I know I am guilty of pointing fingers myself but everyone is really just trying to make it through in this uncertain time. We can create and dream and love and celebrate and use our imaginations to connect with one another. Think about families separated from one another or long distance relationships. People get creative with connection and we can too.

The other bible study I do every morning is the chronological reading of the New Testament. I am a little behind but it was the perfect lesson for me today with my favorite verse in the bible. I read all of Philippians

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petitions, with thanksgiving present your requests to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Lastly my daily affirmation was from Louise Hay: I feel safe in the rhythm and flow of ever-changing life.

This situation is changing every day and hopefully we can be on the other side of it sooner rather than later but for now we just need to be patient with others, be patient with ourselves and try to make the best of a crazy situation. It is okay to be upset that you are missing out on things, it is okay to be sad and angry and scared. Just allow yourself to feel the feelings and know that it will continue to change.

I did also listen to a pretty cool podcast from Jen Hatmaker talking to Pete the Planner. He said some cool stuff about our finances and how to make it through. One thing that stuck out was something he mentioned from The Wall Street Journal how one person’s spending is another person’s income. Now it isn’t that I didn’t know that but hearing it stated like that really put it in perspective. He gave some advice about saving some of the money we typically would spend on random junk and using it to surge the economy when we come out on the other end of this.

I also started the #Next90Challenge with Rachel Hollis. Her lesson was all about perspective and excited to be back on track with doing exercise, water, eating well, gratitude and time for myself.

https://thehollisco.com/pages/next90

Stay safe and healthy everyone and keep social distancing so I can give you a giant hug soon unless of course you aren’t a hugger. I am going to put some links in the comments of some of the things that are helping me through this. This is how I stay sane and try to keep myself from imploding during this time of uncertainty. Hopefully I can be of some inspiration to you all too.