Reflections from a Grandmother in the season of COVID
My Dear Children,
Summer is just about over and we are moving beyond it, into darkening evenings
and cooler nights. As we walk gingerly into a new season we remember the
summer of 2020 - the Covid summer. How was the summer? Were we all able to
have a summertime renewal? So as the Covid summer of 2020 recedes in the rear
view mirror, we might consider asking ourselves – what do we do now? how do
we step beyond the Covid summer?
Although there is an old George Gershwin song with lyrics that say, “....Summertime and the living is easy...." I know that living a Covid summer was not always easy. Many of us did not go out very much. We wore our masks and thought about our health, and the health of our loved ones. We shelved our plans and sought alternatives. For many of us, that strain of Covid continues to be difficult to bear.
But, let us look forward. Let us move away from the stress that Covid might have
brought to our doorstep and build our inner resources as we get ready for fall and
winter. Let us fill ourselves with positive energies and seek to renew our spirits.
For me, there are three Rs necessary for renewal, these are Replenish, Revitalize,
and Recharge. To renew ourselves we should take the time to Replenish our
minds, Revitalize our bodies, and Recharge our ‘soul’ar batteries.
Replenish our Minds:
When we replenish something, we actually create space so that we can re-stock
and refill depleted supplies. We replenish our minds when we create space in our
heads for positive thoughts and ideas. When we begin to examine our thoughts,
our desires, our hopes and our dreams, we are able to reset our personal
timetable and move forward with intention. We replenish when we carve out
some me-time – to read a book, look at the stars, sing a song or even just go
outside to marvel at the changing colours in the trees. If we were to decide that
“just for today, we will not worry, and we will not get angry”, and if we were to
make that decision every day, then would be taking a big step towards
replenishing our minds.
Revitalize our Bodies.
To revitalize our bodies is to give it new life. A revitalized body will support a
replenished mind. The great gift of this time of year is the gift of the harvest, of
fresh fruit and vegetables. We revitalize our bodies when we look at the world
through the lens of thankfulness, and thank our creator for all the gifts that have
been given to us. If we are able, we should try to linger outside in the fresh air,
put our gardens to sleep for the winter, take a walk in the park, stroll by water,
and exercise outdoors, if we can. We put life back into our bodies when we follow
a healthy diet, drink sustaining liquids, exercise and build a strong body, and top it
off with a good-night’s rest and relaxation. Our revitalization is successful when
we live in a state of gratitude and give thanks for the blessings that we have
Recharge our ‘Soul’ar Batteries:
A recharged ‘soul’ar battery helps us renew our spirit by restoring the energy that
our bodies need, and that our minds depend on. A battery recharge is one of the
best foundations on which we build our lives. It happens when we remember the
things that inspired us in the past, and use them to direct our future and shape
our hopes. A ‘soul’ar recharge is fashioned, when we focus on the positive aspects
in our lives, and duplicate them over and over. The recharge works best, when we
meditate on the possibilities open to us and seek resources to obtain them. It is
successful when we build with hope and look forward with faith in the infinite
possibilities ahead of us.
So, continue to let your spirit soar, recharge your ‘Soul’ar battery, put the energy of your replenished mind and revitalized body to work. Take control of your destiny, and as you grab hold of it, know that you can, and will, achieve.
And, as always, take care of yourself.