There are more uncertainties than answers right now, but know that you aren’t alone in it. When we focus our attention on our connectedness rather than our lack, we can set a path for ourselves. It’s not easy, but it’s a choice that is in our control. Our certainty in uncertain times can rest in our power over our own thoughts. We have to right to choose how we want to feel. (that doesn’t mean it’s easy).
If you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know that yesterday was day one for me during this Ontario, Canada state of emergency. It’s day three of self-isolation and day 5 of social distancing. These are all terms I had never heard of before, nor did I think I would ever use – and now are all too emersed in our collective vocabularies. Oddly, as part introverted, I may find a bit of comfort in them, and my extroverted part enjoyed an online beer and pizza party with my friends via video chats last night. Oh, the places you’ll go (or rather stay) in 2020. The global consensus is that this will pass. Our worry is “when, and how much will change by then?“
I thought I would share a journal prompt for today, a cool cloudy Wednesday morning while I sip tea and take time to write (as a deliberate choice for grounding normalcy and mental health) during a global pandemic in my province’s state of emergency in Canada. I am not letting my anxiety grow, I am compassionately trusting in people, systems, governments, humanity, and myself.
So, I choose to write.
I write to choose my emotions.
- What am I currently in control of at this moment, this minute, during this very second?
- How can I channel my emotions toward something that will positively serve me and those around me today?
- What support do I personally need, so I can be of best service to myself and my community (in a social-distancing capacity)? And how can I (even in a small way) receive it?
- What is one thing that I am grateful for today?
Writing is soothing to me. It’s a practice and a ritual all at once. I hope you find comfort and grounding in it as I do. I’m using the hashtag #writetochoose if you’d like to follow along and inspire others to choose to point their arrow in the direction they want.
I am not promising miracles. I am not saying my situation is better or worse than yours, nor is this groundbreaking. I am simply writing to sprinkle even one drop of positivity into this collective right now. Because this is all I can do.
So I Write to Choose.
My current offering, if you feel called to participate.