Greetings one and all…..
Welcome to the first post of Cardinal Notes. The birth of this blog is a consequence of the life-changing events we are currently experiencing and witnessing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. At a time when we need each other the most, the medical experts advise that social distancing is one of the few options available to slow the spread of this disease. Hence, each and every one of us has a personal responsibility to self isolate to ensure the continued good health of all concerned.
Although I am a self-described “home body,” I sense a growing need and desire to process the happenings of Life with my friends and colleagues. I long to hug my friends and chat about my hopes and fears while sharing a steaming cup of coffee. It’s the simple yet profoundly sacred moments of togetherness that I miss the most while self isolating. So, how can we “come together” to support, to care, to nurture, to encourage, and to love one another when sequestered?
I have been pondering this question for several weeks. It is not merely a question of seeking support. It is also a question of how I can support my family, friends, colleagues, clients, and community. What do I have to contribute? How can I be of benefit on an ongoing basis?
As an educational consultant, my vocation for the past 15 years consisted of bringing people together to discuss the issues related to aging, caregiving, and the end of life. I enjoyed creating a space in which people gathered to talk about the blessings and the burdens of life – sharing stories, exploring possibilities, and recognizing we’re not alone. Sadly, those types of gatherings are not possible for the foreseeable future.
However, all is not lost! During my hiatus as a public speaker, I will leverage the available technology to create virtual spaces in which to gather, to share, and to commune with other people. Cardinal Notes – Miscellaneous Musings by Jane – is designed to assure that you are in good company as the journey of Life unfolds.
I don’t profess to have “the answers.” Rather, I will readily admit when I am confused, frightened, and frustrated by Life! In like fashion, I will gladly share any nuggets of hard-earned wisdom derived over my almost 63 years. And, I hope you will feel comfortable doing the same by commenting on the various blog posts. This is meant to be a respectful, community conversation where everyone feels comfortable being honest, vulnerable, and authentic. Come together. BE together. Because we ARE better together.
In the days and weeks to come, I look forward to the ongoing conversation with you and many others. If you find this blog beneficial, invite your family and friends to join the Cardinal Notes community. You can “follow” this blog to receive notification of all postings. Or, you can always access the blog via a link on my website page, www.Cardinalife.com.
In the meantime, take good care and BE WELL. May you find opportunities in the midst of your challenges. May you discover sustaining faith for the journey ahead. May you choose to transform this troubling time by sharing your light with the world. May it be so.
Blessings to you and yours…jane
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