Lately the isolation and smallness my world has been feeling as a result of our current situation in this pandemic has been constantly on my mind.
I think about the businesses suffering, the last time I went out to a store. The ways which people are coping with how their lives have been impacted, with feelings of powerlessness driving us each to find meaning. The sense of loss physically and mentally. It is painful. It hurts.
Then on our walks outside, I look around and wonder what it all means. Honestly, I dislike winter, the cold and darkness that comes with the season. But right now, it makes me feel alive. Walking outdoors reminds me of some important anchors of life.
The earth is resilient. A quality we all need to tap into before things get too much.
Each day, looking out at the beautiful way the sun chooses to come up, I feel that familiar admiration for the enduring nature and steadiness of our earth.
Regardless of the turmoil that may be happening, the sun rises and sets with magnificence, the seasons change and life rises and falls. Like a heartbeat, a rhythm for us to grasp onto, bringing the swirling impermanence of now back into some form of perspective. It grounds my thoughts for a short while and brings much needed peace to my mind.
While it isn’t the answer to all the problems of the world, it brings hope, strength and perspective back to ground me and help me make space to plan and strategize how to move forward within.
It’s a time to become inventive. A place to work out new ways to navigate and build on that fundamental quality that we as humans are innately capable- resilience.
I do have more to say about this, maybe soon. For now, go for a walk today, get outside for just a little bit. It could be good for you.