Welcome to my first blog post! As I write this, the elements of chaos and change are all around me and I do not like it one bit!! As for the cliches, quotes or sayings, here’s one that seems to fit both past and present circumstances, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” The Steel Magnolias got it right! I think many can relate to this sentiment as we are living through a pandemic, dealing with rampant unemployment, social unrest and the overall feeling that we’re in some giant unrelenting butter churn that just won’t stop.
Before my free-lance writing opportunities dried up due to the economic fall out from the pandemic; the word ‘unprecedented’ appeared in each and every article I wrote. Schools canceled for the rest of the school year; unprecedented. Businesses closed until further notice; unprecedented. Churches unable to hold Mass, services or administer sacraments; unprecedented. The elderly and sick unable to see their immediate family; unprecedented. Previous to the last three months, I always thought the word unprecedented had more of a positive connotation than negative. Unfortunately the churnings of the world during this time have proven otherwise.
Since there are too many situations in my life that I currently have absolutely no control over, I am trying to focus on accomplishing small concrete tasks that improve my current environment, and mental attitude. Handling these tasks and feeling accomplishment will hopefully give me strength to face the larger obstacles forthcoming.
As for the past, I do love it and many, many days wish to return to it. For now, I hope to keep finding happiness in small accomplishments. I hope this churning ends and I hope we are all that much stronger for surviving it!