|There are hundreds of rhododendrons on our grounds.|
"Stay calm, stay safe and stay home." In addition, I try to stay happy. Some days, this is more of a challenge for me. Some days, my strategies for "making the best of things" seem insufficient and a bit
Social distancing means creating our own distractions. As a retired person, I'm not working at home.
|so many different tulips|
My days can seem long and I try to fill them with stitchery, sketching, walks in the gardens, housekeeping tasks, cooking, talking to friends on the telephone, and social media. News and Netflix
fill the early evening times. I've learned a lot about myself during this time.
I have worked as a teacher for more than 30 years. I share many of the same traits with elementary school children. I am better with a lot of tasks of short duration. The rewards are more immediate
|Rhodos and more rhodos!|
and I will have accomplished 10 small jobs rather than one big job. I require rewards and I thrive with positive feedback. Likes on social media, comments on the blog, positive connections with others help me to feel that my days are worthwhile.
I've learned that some people are better at connecting in a positive way than others. Rosemarie, who reads this blog, is an exceptional encourager. She has sent haikus, origami, positive messages and even a chocolate bar during the days of isolation. My sister-in-law is quick with a like or a comment.
Another friend "what's apps" highlights of her walks, her quilting, mask-making and reading on regular basis. The telephone-tree lady from the church calls every 10 days and we have a friendly chat.
Some people struggle with moods throughout their lives. They can not be encouragers. If the person you are living with can not be a support, you must find others to help you. I am fortunate that I have a network of connections but for those who feel isolated, many community services are available to help. Our local crisis line volunteers are working at home using a central telephone system. Our church is using social media extensively.
|Thinking deeply statue from The Oaxaca Learning Centre|
The beginning of a new week brings hope to us all. It seems that our numbers of new cases are levelling out. A new month is starting. For sure more flowers will bloom and ducklings will hatch in our pond. Be safe, be calm and be happy!