Dear Friends & Colleagues,
One year since our lives turned into something we did not expect. We did not recognize. That day in March when the world paused. The shock. The reverberation of motion coming to a halt. The silence on the streets. Doors shut. Windows boarded. And, we held our breath as we all asked, “What now”?
At work I sat and read the email that it was time to go home until… I sat at my desk wondering if and when we’d return. Glued to my chair I did not want to move. What do I take? What do I leave behind? Just days before, I was in New York City in one of those wonderfully crowded city events where you’re so jammed in with people you have to squeeze and turn sideways to move through the packed room. Where people were talking face-to-face and in one’s ear to hear over the roar of laughter and conversation. The buffet upon the table filled with mouthwatering delights, open to serve and take at will with everyone reaching over one another while discussing each beautifully laid out dish. Wonderful. Normal. Oh, how we take the ordinary for granted! Who would’ve thought that normal would lose its meaning in the next 48 hours.
Taking it all for granted. This is the focus I’ve attempted to change over the past year. To be grateful and embrace what’s good. What is the positive that one can hold on to that has come from this devastating historical global moment. Gratitude. I am grateful. My mantra. To embrace the mundane and make it wonderful. I admit, it has been challenging. Isolation makes one look inward to decide who you will become. Will I reimagine a new way of living? Can I imagine a new way to live or, will I go to sleep until it’s over! Life is challenging and forcing us to create in the moment and structure ourselves to be resilient. We certainly could not do this alone. We need each other. Social creatures forced to isolate. The outcomes are both happy and sad. My immediate happiness and contentment came from my beloved canine companions. Simba and Turtle kept me in check – focused and in the moment. Grateful. Calm, happy, active, in a routine. My rescue dogs taught me resiliency. They helped to rescue me.