Finding joy in this upside-down world may not be easy.
Although, I’m here to tell you, you can achieve it.
As a consistent workout person for over 38 years now, I found myself reevaluating my way of getting exercise.
As a result of all health clubs being shut down due to the coronavirus, I’ve felt out of sorts in this area of my life and many others.
The first day of my “new normal”, I went out for a chilly 28-degree walk.
Bundled up with the sun shining, I started out on my walk.
Very quickly I heard the birds singing.
Therefore, this alerted me to pay close attention to what was around me.
In the photo at the top of this article are two things I saw.
First, I saw these two turkeys walking around someone’s yard. They stood still as they sensed me walking by.
Next, I looked up into a tree and saw this very pregnant robin.
Because of seeing life and nature continue, in the face of this now upside-down world, my spirits lifted.
Finding joy as I was present to life still going on, in the face of this pandemic.
My steps felt lighter and I felt such joy, I almost broke into a skip.
As a child, I used to skip a lot. I’ve skipped with my grandchildren in the past and it reminds me of the great need in finding joy often.
In the face of uncharted territory for all of us, we are all in this together.
Also, I’ve seen many people on social media, speaking about finding silver linings now.
Are you looking for your silver linings? Are you finding joy in this upside-down world?
Above all, are you able to create joy during these trying, odd times?
What is it that makes you feel lighter and joyous?
Do more of that. Whatever it is.
I love to sing. We have speakers in our bathroom and in our kitchen/family room area.
As I sing in the shower and as I’m getting ready, my joy increases.
Every night at dinner, even if we’re eating leftovers, I have candles and relaxing music on.
Consequently, it sets a tone every night at dinner of joy and calm. Hale and I are able to talk easily about our day.
Such a wonderful environment!
This is a time in our history that’s unfamiliar to all of us.
My hope is it will bring all of us together in spirit. If any of you need to talk and find some inspiration, please reach out to me. I’m here for you!
Finally, my 35-year-old daughter, Abby, is a very innovative entrepreneur/artist/event producer in NYC. What does she do during this upside-down time? She created an online art gallery with 16 different artists’ works, including her own. It will be evolving as times go on. I hope you’ll go enjoy the art and if something is speaking to you, buy it!
Here’s her website/art gallery link:
What creative things will you be doing in this next at least two weeks or more, while we’re waiting for the coronavirus curve to flatten?
My hairdresser yesterday said she’s excited to begin doing more crafts at home, as well as home projects.
The company she works with closed down for at least the next two weeks. Others are telling me they’re also working on home projects they’ve put off over time.
It’s a time of being forced to slow down. A time to feel and look at your life.
I’m finding my moments of joy come and go. Hence, being aware of where you’re at as often as possible and creating joyous moments, will help.
I’m sending you love and hoping you and your family will stay healthy.
Here’s to creating your own joy,