By Nancy Virden (c)2021
Sometimes life is extraordinarily joyous. Other times it is dark. Most of the time it is ordinary, predictable, and generally comfortable.
Our power lies in our reactions when we cannot control circumstances. I am hearing stories and complaints about how boring and isolating the pandemic has been. These same people use the television as their go-to for escapism and background noise.
Where is the imagination? So much can be done at this time. Free classes online; write letters; read books; focus on your neighbors; throw online parties; start a blog; organize car parties for birthdays or weddings or just to say thanks, and more. Connection to others is not impossible. If Zoom, Facebook meetings, or any other types of online conference tools are unfamiliar, learn to use them. Perhaps teach others in a group online how to fix their car, use the computer, sew, cook, knit or whatever skill you have.
If you are a Christian, hold or join Bible studies and prayer groups. As someone with major depression in my background, I have to avoid long-term isolation. 2020 was a good year for me socially even though I barely left my home. Four days a week I met with people online. It has been a blessing.
Some of my married friends did not want to learn how to meet online and so they did not. They live with spouses, so maybe they had their socialization needs met at home. For us singles, we may need to walk the extra mile to find ways to be with people. In this highly technological world, it seems that anyone who is feeling lonely can find options.
My son has not been able to visit me since Mother’s Day. I miss him and his girlfriend terribly. Yet we can text, share news, ask questions, and offer comfort. It is a compromise, but nearly as good as being there. Face-to face online options are incredible too.
No more excuses or victimization. Learn the technology, join with friends, and do something profoundly fun and useful in these days of the pandemic. – COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOME
Today’s Helpful Word
1 John 4:11
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
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NOTE: I am not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speak only from personal experiences and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
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