My grandson is graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May and I was looking forward to my trip to see him graduate. That will not happen in person. His commencement will be some sort of online commencement. My granddaughter, Grace, who is attending University of Wyoming is even now on the road with my daughter to her hometown since the university shut down and is all online.
My cousin died and there is no funeral because of the virus. Cremation will take place and the ashes buried later.
Think of all the proms, spring break trips, weddings and special trips overseas that are canceled now. The Women's Retreat at our church has been canceled until June.
The anxiety and worry over lost jobs and financial concerns is mounting. So many people are worried about their health and getting through the shortages at our local grocery stores.
Is there an upside to all of this? I think there is. This is an opportunity to reconnect with our families in a personal way. People are going to come out of this with a deepened appreciation of good health, good jobs and the importance of family and friends. There will be alone time which can allow us to read, reflect and meditate.
Those of us who have been attending church have been working with the Mindfulness techniques which have helped me personally stay at peace throughout all of this change. I shared last Sunday some things that I think are important:
- When things are overwhelming or depressing, take a moment to list the good in your life.
- Take 10 minute breaks of reflection, prayer and meditation.
- Connect with nature.
- Let go and let God or your Higher Self guide you each step through this challenging time
- Know also that "this too shall pass"
Take time on Sunday to join Matt Grigsby and me as we present a streaming service. I will also have an online coffee hour from 10:15 to 10:45. I will send the link for that on Saturday. We can chat together about anything you want just as I do every Sunday during coffee hour.