This blog is not political, and I want to assure everyone that I respect all views. I decided to address the deep personal stress we are experiencing because of the US’ constant political controversy. Living at a time filled with fear for our health and the deep political split that clouds our future make our lives painful and difficult.
Therefore, it is more important than ever to maintain our balance and well-being, as well as fighting the coronavirus. As a senior with a depressed immune system, I realize how truly important this is, although it creates a lonelier life. Having to tell friends that I can only see them if they wear a mask, observe social distancing, and disinfect their hands is not comfortable, but in my case, a must. I don’t want to fall ill, and even more, I want to avoid at all costs exposing people around me to the danger. I always hope that love will prevail and that my friends will understand. Yes, the pandemic has shaken things up, but it has also opened doors to spending more time with my husband, reading more extensively, and resting comfortably when the need presents itself. As long as we keep an open mind, things will fall into place, and life will be good.
If the election shook up your world, try to sit back and look at it closely and objectively. You cannot change what is happening but can trust the legal process and find peace within you. Listen to the news if you wish, but don’t allow it to shake you up and risk forfeiting your interior well-being.
What else can we do about maintaining our balance when the world around us is in turmoil? Since we cannot change occurrences outside of us, the easiest and fastest way is to evaluate how we look at things and what we think and feel about them. Keeping an open mind and heart filled with compassion and empathy helps tremendously. I see a transition benefitting all American people and hopefully allowing the active participants to find compromises and solutions. May the good for all prevail.
In these difficult times, I focus on the quality of life I have left and strive to stay balanced. Every day is a gift, as I look at it, and I endeavor to find joy, no matter what. It Is not always easy, and my lack of energy compels me to choose where I use my remaining strength.
My recommendation is that spending more time doing enjoyable and uplifting activities will permit us to nourish our emotional being and to enjoy life more, no matter how challenging things become. We have a stream of well-being flowing through us that is always available; we simply have to tap into it.
Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Found of NotJustCooking.com