Covid comes to mind here….it’s affected all of us around the world….it’s changed how we buy goods, how we maintain our personal relationships, how we do our jobs….some of these changes are here to stay. I guess it’s also allowed for many of us to have more solo time. I think we have no choice but to just go with the flow….not try to resist or force anything too much.
It makes me pay attention. My cat is meowing…he wants me to go back inside. Birds are chirping. Two flies hovering on the porch. Perfect blue sky and the quiet hum of the morning. Keenly aware….nicely put in one of the below responses..
Generative…. opening up new vistas, expanding resources, and creating new insights….
What comes to mind to me is the long drawn up breakup between me and my partner of 12 years which led to me moving across the country with no expectations. I ended up meeting my current partner, we moved in together, and so began a new phase of my life.
Happiness and a positive attitude.
I’d probably get more things done, have more experiences, have better relationships….because when all I can see is a brick wall in front of me…I tell myself “I can’t….” and then that path forward reaches a dead end.
Just sitting outside on my porch listening to the birds, the wind, and the trees creaking nearby.
Being in nature. Exercising. Anything that activates me senses — music I’m listening to, food I’m tasting, emotions I’m feeling, beauty I’m seeing.
Unfortunately it’s one of feeling weak and unsure of myself, of being dependent and lacking self confidence.
When I was in high school I used to keep a dream journal, but for many years now it’s been that I rarely remember my dreams. Every so often I’ll remember one with particular detail. Other times it’s just a vague feeling I’m left with after I wake up. The most recent one focused on me being somewhere and wanting to leave but not being able to do so.
-Letting go of trying to control things I can’t control.
-Greater appreciation for things I take for granted- like being able to walk. I’ve been thinking about this more recently as an acquaintance of mine was recently hit by a car while trying to change a tire on the side of the freeway. He suffered severe injury and as a result, needed to have a leg amputated. In a split second he lost that ability to walk and his life changed forever.
Giving my partner space and stepping away.
Living in the Bay Area waking up to mornings with an apparent grey sky and sitting outside slowly watching the fog melt away and give way to a blue sky.
They have taught me that I am responsible for myself. If I mess up, no one will be there to help clean up my mistakes. They have taught me to lower expectations.
It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint. .——- yes!
Heavy metal music makes me happy too 🙂
That sounds really nice
So very true. There is more than one type of silence.
You articulate this so well. Thank you.
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