Through all the ups and downs, many of our communities are slowly transitioning out of quarantine. It’s a great time to reflect on the past few months, and process through this unprecedented event. Here’s my mini-cast (3 min) to help with the process.
I hope everyone is doing okay, amidst everything that’s going on around the world right now. I think the goal for me this year is just to survive through all this chaos.
I want to share a little encouragement to remind myself to keep going. I hope it’ll remind you too.
Bob, the grasshopper
I want to tell you a story of a grasshopper; let’s call him “Bob”. I found him on my windshield one morning when I got in the car. My husband told me to just drive and he’ll leave. So I drove, and Bob realize the wind was getting big as I saw his antenna fly like crazy. I thought he would jump off the next time I came to a stop sign or traffic light, but nope; he held on.
When I got onto the highway, I worried he’d get blown off if he doesn’t fly…
I started thinking about this topic during the holiday season. The holidays are all about folks gathering and celebrating together. Ironically, I think that’s why it can make people more aware of being alone. In this social media age, “being alone” gets a bad reputation. I see many books and conferences about how to develop and find community, but not many books that explore the other side of reality – of being alone. Being alone and feeling alone are different. One can be physically alone, and still feel content. On the other hand, even when surrounded by family and friends, one can still feel isolated and disconnected.
What I find challenging about the feeling of regret is that I can’t change the past. What is done is done. I don’t know about you, but I have a bad habit of repeating these memories in my mind. Every time I remembered the situation, it stirred up the feelings of shame and disappointment. Recently, I’ve been learning a new way to respond to these feelings of regret. And it’s very simple – let go of the past and move forward. 🙂 Yep. It’s that simple… but simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. When a friend first said that to me, it was really hard for me to receive. The feeling of regret is usually accompanied by guilt, and I could not let go of the guilt for some reason.
I’ve been pretty quiet on my blog these last few months. I blame it on taxes, birthdays and just life in general. On top of that, I was stuck in a creative “quick sand.” Here’s what I learned from working through my creative blocks.