by Skip Cohen
Sunday mornings are always special - the house is quiet, and I enjoy writing about something other than the business and the marketing of photography. When I'm stuck for a topic, I start searching for quotes relevant to life these days, or better yet, like this morning, Melody Beattie came through.
Sheila got me started on Melody years ago, and I've found the majority of her daily meditations seem always to fit something I'm feeling. Well, this is a Melody Beattie morning. For tomorrow she wrote:
"There are times when we simply do not know what to do, or where to go, next. Sometimes these periods are brief, sometimes lingering...Accept uncertainty...We can cope by using our faith, other people, and our resources."
Sound familiar, especially these days? With the pandemic, we're all having days when we don't know what to do, where to go, and feel lost.
Melody wrote this book thirty years ago, with no thoughts about the challenges we're all dealing with now. But what she went on to write is so relevant:
It is okay to temporarily be without direction. Say "I don't know," and be comfortable with that. We do not have to try to force wisdom, knowledge, or clarity when there is none. While waiting for direction, we do not have to put our life on hold. Let go of anxiety and enjoy life. Relax. Do something fun. Enjoy the love and beauty in your life...Indecision, inactivity, and lack of direction will not last forever.
And there you have it - nothing earth-shaking in the idea, but comforting to remember we're all feeling many of the same things these days. Like you, we're frustrated with the never-ending saga of the pandemic, tired of hunkering down, even tired of using the word "hunkering." I'm choosing to follow Melody's advice and recognize it's okay not to have a direction and kick back and enjoy Sheila, friends, family, and the pups.
Wishing you a day of peace, love, and the ability to appreciate everything you've got in your life regardless of how restricted things feel. Enjoy something you've never had enough of, TIME. Use the time to look forward to life getting back to some level of normalcy, or look in the rear view mirror and go back to times that made you smile and laugh.
Happy Sunday, everybody!
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