Things are so different right now, I am having trouble adjusting. I used to have a full schedule. I knew what I was going to do every day. My calendar was black from written-in events for the month.
Now the calendar is blank white, my schedule is empty and every day I have to think about what to do with my time. My life has completely changed on a dime with no preparation or warning.
Building a good day does not just happen on its own anymore. I have to plan it.When I wake up, I have to decide this is going to be a good day. Attitude is everything.
Taking it a day at a time can be too hard under the current stress. It’s better to look at the short term and maybe take it hour by hour. I find if I set very small goals, I do much better. Being successful six times a day feels so good right now or even just twice is okay.
My sewing is giving me a lot of pleasure right now. It is lovely to be able to touch and pet my fabrics at a time when I cannot touch others. My sewing also gives me purpose and calms my mind.
I can be at my sewing machine for hours and not even realize how much time has passed. It’s good therapy for me in many ways. Sewing helps me make a day good.
I’ve also found that what I look for, I find. If I look for humor in my day, I usually find it. The same with beauty, joy and peace.
Of course, if I set my mind on anxiety and stress, I will find that too. It’s up to me. It’s always up to me.
Even when I can’t hug them, my friends remain so valuable to me. I try to stay in touch with them as often as possible. I make a point to call someone every day. And occasionally have group meetings online, when able. Seeing friends’ faces is so precious.
And then there’s my sweetie, who makes everyday a joy. He adds calmness, humor and logic to my life. How blessed am I to have such a rock in my life. He makes all things bearable and worthwhile.
So getting through these times will take planning, forethought and some organization. Keeping a positive attitude is the harder, but more important part.
I have to give it my all each and every day. Each and every hour really. But these are historic times. Think of the stories I will have to tell in the years to come.