Finding a Life-giving Balance

Greetings one and all…

This morning as I write this Cardinal Note, I am blessed to look outside and see sunshine and blue skies. A glorious day indeed. I plan to take advantage of the fabulous weather upon the completion of this post. I am maintaining what little sanity I have by walking 5-7 miles every day. Hopefully, you have discovered a daily ritual that serves to keep you balanced, realistically optimistic, and intentionally attentive to the moment.

undefined Although we long for the end of the COVID-19 crisis, time remains a precious commodity. So, how do we choose to invest ourselves in the hours, days, and weeks to come? What shall we do? How shall we BE? How can we regain the life-giving balance necessary to walk this path? Well, I just happen to have a few ideas!

undefined Limit Exposure to the News— I am a staunch believer that knowledge is power. It’s important that we stay current on recent developments and mandates associated with the pandemic. However, perseverating on the COVID-19 situation is unhealthy. I learned this the hard way. Flipping back and forth between the various news providers, reading online articles, and anxiously awaiting the next “Breaking News” banner to stream across my screen served only to increase my anxiety, diminish my mental health, and exhaust me. Consequently, I have achieved a better balance by adhering to the following plan:

  • To remain current on policies, procedures, and plans, I watch a local news channel AM and PM. I also watch the national evening news. I have muted the crazy-making harangue of the 24/7 news providers. What a relief! 
  • I limit online research related to the pandemic to known, reliable, scientific, and/or health care organizations, institutions, and agencies. 
  • Whether reading or watching the news, I try to be “in the moment” – resisting the temptation to worry about tomorrow. I have more than enough to deal with in the here and now!

undefined Continue Learning About Life— I have always loved to learn. I am the proverbial geek—happiest when I am in a classroom, reading a book, or diving into research about a new topic of interest. Therefore, the practice of social distancing affords me the time to do what I love. If you also love to learn, consider the following ideas to balance out your days:

  • Check out Coursera.org: Coursera is an online learning platform that offers college level classes from universities throughout the world – FREE. I recently enrolled in a class – The Science of Well-Being  – taught by a Yale professor. Seems like a timely subject! Care to join me?
  • Tap into Podcasts: Several years ago, a dear friend introduced me to the world of podcasts. I am a HUGE fan! When walking, riding my bike, and driving, I listen and learn. I am very excited to share that Brene Brown just launched her podcast – Unlocking Us. I listened to the first recording yesterday. I LOVE it! You might want to check it out – inspiring, motivating, hopeful, and FUNNY!
  • Do you have a pile of books by your nightstand? Ebooks uploaded but unread? Books in your library queue about to expire? Now is the time to kick back and savor every word. 
  • Leverage your time to hone current skills or develop new ones. Learn a new language. Practice a musical instrument. Craft and write stories. Whatever your passion – pursue it! 

undefined Explore Creative Ways to Connect— Over the past week, I have heard about innovative and life-giving ways of coming together. Stories that warm my heart and bring a smile to my lips. We may be encouraged to socially distance or even shelter in place, but we need each other now more than ever. So, it’s time to be creative in how we come together. In order to balance the reality of social distancing with our desire for social connection, we can choose to:

  • Leverage technology to communicate on a daily basis – phone calls, emails, text messages, instagrams, FaceBook, etc. 
  • Participate in virtual worship services offered by various faith communities.
  • Convene virtual happy hours, family meals, birthday celebrations, and meetings using platforms such as ZOOM or Google Hangout Chat. FYI – I convened a virtual happy hour with a group of girlfriends last night using ZOOM. We had so much fun that we have another gathering scheduled in 2 days! Cheers to virtual connections!

In closing, I acknowledge that achieving and maintaining a balanced perspective is a daily challenge. Some days I do better than others. When struggling, it’s nice to have some ideas in mind as to how to right the ship! I hope some of the suggestions noted today prove beneficial. More importantly, perhaps you’ll be motivated to share what’s working for you and your family. We are all in this together my friends. Please share your resources and insights. Something you post may be JUST the thing someone else has been longing to hear. Remember, we ARE better together. BE WELL and STAY WELL.

undefined Blessings to you and yours………..jane


4 comments

  1. Thanks for your new post, Jane. I loved it – and so many great suggestions. I’m going to try and send along a piece
    that I just received that is very uplifting and hopeful, written by someone named Kitty O’Meara.

    “And the people stayed home. And read books,
    and listened, and rested, and exercised,
    and made art, and played games, and learned
    new ways of being, and were still.

    And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some
    prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows.
    And the people began to think differently.

    And the people healed. And, in the absence of
    people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless,
    and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

    And when the danger passed, and the people
    joined together again, they grieved their losses
    and made new choices, and dreamed new images,
    and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
    as they had been healed.”

    Kitty O’Meara

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  2. Thank you Jane, I found your suggestions helpful and insightful. I have a friend that told me, ” every day do something for your mind, your body (exercise) and soul. There is nothing more pleasing to my God.

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  3. I heard the sweetest story on Nextdoor yesterday. A woman was shopping at Trader Joe’s, and they were keeping an appropriate distance away from each other. The music in the store started playing The Eagles song “Take It Easy,” and all the customers and employees in the store started singing along to the song. She said it was a magical moment.

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  4. This is such a great balance for the craziness out there. I have been planning to go to Trader Joe’s, one of my favorite venues in Denver, and reading this I realized that report is exactly the way they operate and one of the reasons I like to go there. My neighbor walked by a woman unloading TP from her trunk into her house and when she commented on it with surprise, the woman told her if she ever got low, she could come to her house and get some. Now THAT is sharing!

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