Hard to believe we’re edging up on a year of Covid. The virus weaves itself through nearly every consideration in our lives. Multiply by, say 50, the number of lives claimed and you have twenty-five million people mourning their family and friends. Scientists of all disciplines will likely be studying for years to come the emotional, physical, educational and social implications of this pandemic.
The goal of this site is to “enhance your now” to bring a bit of brightness to you, my readers. Amidst it all, this year has also brought silver linings, and that is where questions come into play. What silver lining has this pandemic year brought to you? Have you taken the opportunity to do something you might not have attempted otherwise, a new hobby perhaps, or skill? What of your relationships? Which have been strengthened and how? Which have been weakened? The song “For Good” from Wicked comes to me. How, and possibly who, has changed you this year? For the better? For good?
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Thank you for asking this question. Last March it was difficult to imagine we would still be socially distancing and curtailing our activities for this long. But day by day, week by week, here we are, a year later.
For me, this has been an extended winter of going within, examining what is necessary, and what is extraneous. However, I have been surprised by the power of my physical reaction when encountering dear friends in person. When my I feel my heart tug, before my mind can evaluate what I’m feeling, I experience the necessity of those connections in a way I’ve never understood before.
What a beautiful way you have expressed this, Patricia. For me, too,
it has been a time of going within, excavating, and setting aside
the debris that no longer serves me. Thank you for your insight into
your experience of this time.
Evan though at our age we didn’t run around much before the covid-19,once it was upon us and our building was in semi-lockdown, my wife and I were able to spent really quality time together and we love it.
I’m so glad. You and Nancy have such a loving glow
with one another. It’s beautiful to see.
What a time this has been! For me, I’ve learned that I really can cook every meal every day, and not be resentful. I’ve learned that quiet times aren’t necessarily all that quiet as I’ve learned to fill the hours with thoughtful, fulfilling and meaningful activity. I’ve learned about Zoom and more FaceTime. And even though I’ve missed being with my grandkids, we’ve kept connection through our online times, which we’ve tried to make happen every week. I do feel a sense of freedom since getting my vaccines, but I also treasure this past year’s lessons and realizations that we as humans can connect in many different ways, even if hugging is not possible.
Laurie, what a wonderful response! Thank you so much. You know, from our
conversations and zooms that I feel much the same way.