Well, my friends, it’s Friday again. We made it to another weekend. Marc and I are both retired and we live by ourselves. There is no golf. So except for looking forward to another YouTube church service on Sunday, it seems like this weekend is going to look a lot like all the other days this week. It feels real and surreal at the same time. We are all having to hold so much.
I knew I wanted to share a post today and I wasn’t feeling very TGIF-ish. I’m still not, but … I listened to Brené Brown’s latest podcast this afternoon. Y’all it is REQUIRED listening.
And it inspired me to gather up (and share) five things that are helping me get through the days right now.
Thing One. Bookending my days with Three Things to do and Five Simply Joys. If you follow me on Instagram (and my stories), you will recognize these templates. In the morning, I figure out Today’s Three Things (thank you @elisejoy)
and before bed I document 5 Small Joys (hat tip to @katecbowler)
Thing Two. Limiting my news. I subscribe to the New York Times and Washington Post’s daily updates. I read them in the morning. and maybe click through to a few articles. I am listening to podcasts and scrolling Instagram. Mostly, these feeds are lifting my soul, not darkening it. (limiting the darkness is key)
Thing Three. Fostering on-line meet-ups. For me, “social distancing” has been a lot more physical than social. One day this week I had four meetups. I needed to rest my voice by the end of the day. Instead of sending an email, I’ve asked if we could FaceTime. Even the very seniors in my Friday morning small group have gotten Zoom … it’s wonderful!
Thing Four. Maintaining my “minimum daily requirements” (I heard this term on @gretchenrubin‘s IG Live yesterday and it so well sums up the purpose of this list – it’s like taking vitamins!) – closing my rings (moving my body), showering, dressing, putting on at least a little mascara, lip gloss and eyebrow, reading 50 pages, journaling, and praying the daily offices morning, midday and evening (I use this app and it’s awesome … it’s only available for iOS, but there’s a book that’s available across platforms – kindle link). I’ve especially been enjoying the morning devotions this month. With a nod to women’s history month, many of them are by or about women. There’s always something in either the devotion, liturgy, or closing prayer that strikes a chord. Today, it was all good. I shared the prayer on Instagram
and I read the devotion to my small group this morning:
“A silkworm was struggling out of the cocoon and an ignorant man saw it battling as if in pain, so he went and helped it to get free, but very soon after it fluttered and died. The other silkworms that struggled out without help suffered, but they came out into full life and beauty, with wings made strong for flight by their battle for fresh existence.” ~ Sadhu Sundar Singh, an Indian missionary
Thing Five. Stockinette Knitting.
What’s helping you to get through these days? please share in the comments. We ALL need a lift … and arms to catch us.
Stay safe and well. and maybe do something over the next two days to mark the weekend.