An interesting week of ebb and flow. This was reflected in the mishmash of weather, my readjusting to new fitness routines (walking the valley course trail and doing more weight work at home), more chats with friends in Ontario and Europe and I have made progress in my sketching the new Shejo Unicorn story.
It was great to see people out and about capitalizing on the windows of sunshine. It is great to see so many people making bigger efforts in saying hello as they pass each other on the sidewalks. Interesting too we are finding much of our socializing is taking place during our walks.
Masking is consistently happening here in BC. Our building has finally adopted a mask in all public spaces policy. I wore the mask in the gym this week, which wasn’t too uncomfortable. It was reassuring to so many people wearing the masks in all public spaces and even when walking in the outdoors. An epiphany hit me this week after being in a busier than usual Superstore, that it would be safer to be shopping in smaller retailers and grocers. After self-reflection regarding my Christmas on-line shopping (no not Amazon but another favourite internet shopping experience), I felt guilty thinking of how these large on-line businesses, like Amazon, are making record breaking profits, while small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. I listened to Karen Mason, the Sooke Chamber of Commerce president, implore people to shop local and a video clip of a struggling entrepreneur that was incredibly heart wrenching. The divide is growing; the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. Masking is good and we must ensure that we are using it to help keep all small businesses afloat. Moreover, we need to be mindful of everyone’s mental health.
Is life exciting right now with social engagements, shopping and seeing people in person? NO. That’s okay, because it is interesting with twists and turns. The changes of routines and adjustments we are making in coping with daily activities and finding new ways to socialize are igniting creativity and renewing friendship bonds. Our minds are being reset to view the world from new perspectives and challenge what we believe is easy. Gratitude now includes things that before we took for granted. Life has slowed down. It is ironic that during this perspective shift, I am finishing an excellent read, Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty. I highly recommend this book for everyone. Every parent should read it to maintain a sense of balance in how they parent and juggle the work life balance. All managers, leaders, teachers and anyone who interacts with others (which is essentially all of us) could glean a lot for this read. It’s okay that we are being challenged with the CoVid new reality. We are being called to live and think like monks.
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