in this for the long haul

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Open up. Close down. Wear a mask. COVID is a joke.

No matter what we believe about all of it, there is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed our lives forever. It continues to affect our daily existence and our future planning. Even if we are unwilling to make personal life adjustments, the virus will inevitably impact our family and our friends in their health (physical, emotional, mental), job security, travel, celebrations, or in some other aspect. It is unavoidable.

My family and friends have suffered in numerous ways, and I have felt worried, sad, frustrated, isolated, limited, and so many more emotions during the last months.

This won’t be over any time soon.

So what do we do now? How do we prepare for the new reality? How do we find strength – emotional, physical, relational, spiritual – for the long-term effects of this pandemic?

SELF-CARE

This is the first area many experts mention. I recognize the need to come back to these basics again and again. Drink enough water. Eat less junk. Go outside. Exercise. Get enough good hours of sleep. Do a little something special you enjoy every so often. Pray.

Our bodies do not function for long periods under stress without paying the price. We cannot run this marathon with necessary physical health, clear thoughts, and creative processes without proper nutrition and care.

RELATIONSHIPS

We are also not created to live alone. We need each other – both for love, comfort, enjoying activities together, etc., and also to teach us, expose us to different ways, challenge us, and display to us the full essence of God. We cannot surround ourselves only with those who are like us, or we miss essential parts of the full image of humanity.

These are perfect days to humbly, respectfully, and authentically open our minds and expand our conversations to include many different perspectives, sources of information, and opinions. We need a diversity of excellent ideas to build together towards improvements and pivots for our future world.

MAKE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION

Many require help today. All over the globe, children are hungry and lack clean water. Trafficking victims and falsely accused await freedom. Natural disasters and unethical corporations wreak havoc on our environment. Violence steals innocent lives. People die without forgiveness and eternal hope.

So much to do. So many places where compassionate, energetic, sacrificial, committed people can make a difference by using their skills, financial resources, networking – whatever gifts they have to offer.

When we don’t know what to do, we can ask questions. We can research. We can learn. We can join together if we are fearful of acting alone. Even when we do not have much, every little bit we offer is a blessing.

We are in this for the long haul. Don’t get weary. Don’t give up. We need to be as healthy as we can be so that we can also love and support others along the way. 

How are you staying well and grounded during these trying times? How are you helping others?

13 thoughts on “in this for the long haul

    • Thank you, friend. I write from my own needs and it is actually helpful and encouraging to hear that they resonate with others. I feel normal and in good company! 🙂

  1. Oh yes.. this is wearisome!!! I have been walking regularly with a friend and that has been a life saver. We are able to process so many things… what steps we are trying to take in our work and also just the roller coaster of emotions we are facing every day. Lately It has seemed like the swings of emotions are bit more than at first. Thanks for your insights Terry!

    • So glad you have that friend and that routine – so helpful. Steve and I walk also. Something about that exercise and being outdoors helps me process too. I think the stress is accumulating. Keep taking care of yourself. We need you! xoxo

  2. I went to the pool today to read my HR book. First time I have done that and it felt good. I love the very simple reminders about self, others and purpose. They are all within reach.

  3. You’re right–every little bit we offer is a blessing. It’s easy to ignore the obvious–I know I take it for granted. There are no quick answers to this. No quick fixes. And our American mentality doesn’t sit well with the long haul. Thanks for the reminder that we need to care for ourselves, care for others, and care about how we can grow in these dark times. God is in all this if we give Him the chance to work in and through us. we need to keep the conversation going.

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