How are you holding up? Wherever you are, and however you are doing, as Sean shared on Sunday, you are loved, and it is enough.
Things are shifting quickly all around. Schools moving online. Restrictions on gatherings for more than 10. Restaurants and movie theatres closing. News of lay offs. So many of us trying to figure out how to work from home, and parent, and “not worry.” Not to mention, the rising numbers of infections.
If you’re like me, you’ve been getting a lot of emails in the past few days from various groups and leaders sharing their response to the novel coronavirus.
Between Super Tuesday and the arrival of the novel corona virus/COVID-19, it’s been a week of intense social anxiety. A week where you can feel the strain of our society…fear, distrust, misinformation, a health care system overburdened and in many cases, cost prohibitive – if you’ve been a little extra tired or angry or stressed – that would make sense.
I watched a group of parents with young kids cut the line on our way into the Paw Patrol Live show in Denver this morning. The line was long, and it was confusing to figure out where the end was. At one point the end of the line curved back and merged with another part of the line creating a circle. It was confusing.
The printer was making its 87th copy when someone said out loud what I’m guessing we’d all been thinking: “How ironic to be handing out the first edition of our paper newsletter on the Sunday where we’re talking about the climate crisis!”
I recently took one of those “which presidential candidate do you most align with” quizzes. It was a really extensive version, but even still I was surprised that one of the questions was “should college classes have ‘trigger warnings’ for their students?”
Ever since Sunday’s service, where Rev. Sean described how emotions are just feelings with a story attached, I’ve been trying to pay attention to the stories I’m caught in.
There’s something about the car that (still) puts my middle-school-age children in bad moods. It’s why I start every car ride asking them what song we should play. Or, if things are really bad, I choose one that is irresistibly feel-good…
Emotions are sneaky, inefficient, disruptive–they can pull us under or allow us to fly– and feelings are real. You have them, and so does every single other person around you.