I have been doing a lot of thinking about what has been going on over the last couple of months, and how we are all affected.
All of our current news circles around the pandemic. What the statistics are. What the politicians are saying, and doing about it. What the repercussions of the social distancing, the stay at home requirements, and the economy as it sits now with the drastic change in business due to temporary (and in some cases permanent) business closures.
Most of what is affecting me in a more mental capacity is essentially that the plans that gave me something to look forward to, are amended. They are postponed, cancelled, and a good part of my world needs to realign so my expectations about what I can look forward to and thus get joy from, is altered.
This really brings to mind a movie I saw years and years ago called “A Family Thing” with James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall. The one thing that struck me was a conversation the two main characters had about giving people something to look forward to. That it was a purpose to give your loved ones something to look forward to.
Essentially, so many things that we look forward to, which could be as simple as going to the corner store for a loaf of bread, has changed. We cannot forecast if those things that we were looking forward to, planning, seeking, will be tangible, possible in the near future, far future, or what they will even look like.
So… I’m trying to realign those things that I look forward to. Trying to give myself something to look forward to. I am pretty thankful for those things in my life that bring me joy and I am very grateful for many things right now. I am also trying to get myself thinking about how I can give others something to look forward to. So… working on that. And, an occasional glass of wine.
Wishing everyone stay safe and healthy. Looking forward to when I can next get together, spend time, break bread with my family, friends, associates and all in all good people in the world.