This week’s theme was staying grounded in the face of decisions and new waves of unsettling information. My mind has been restless. As a result, this week sleep has not been as restful, as I have been waking up through the night and struggling to return to sleep even practicing mindfulness. So, given my rather flighty fairy brain right now, this blog is organized into two categories, observations and coping strategies.
Relief from Procrastination:
Over September and October and half of November, I have sensed that people were hanging on to the summer and the positive low numbers, procrastinating on enforcing tighter mask wear measures and physical distancing. In our condo building, we have all been rather casual on masking in public areas, engaging in the practice sporadically. Generally, in our community people have been cautious gathering in small bubble groups outside but then CoVid fatigue and the need for socialization kicks in and people start to wade in to crossing the physical distancing boundary, (add a bit of booze and all inhibitions go out the window). Now with new measures we have a defined expectation that everyone wears masks in all common areas of the building.
Personally, I find this a relief. It has put us on the same page of intent. It takes the decision making out of our own heads and is setting the expectation that now is not the time for individual expression but to be part of the team.
Discernment and Compassion:
More than ever, we are all confronted with new historical situations. In addition, our minds are reeling with out of the norm perceptional reflections. We are faced with:
- Stressful economics
- New ways of learning to use technology to communicate (particularly stressful for the population most at risk for infection, and are most likely isolated given their lifestyles and aging bodies)
- Peer pressure (I’ll reflect more on this in weeks to come)
- Risk taking (when new opportunities present themselves during a pandemic do you forge ahead or retreat in fear?)
- Intensity with those in our personal bubbles
- Circumstances that are provoking mental health issues
- Maintaining friendships
- Keeping physically healthy
- Maintaining one’s healthy personal boundaries
- …I could keep going…
In an earlier blog I relayed the story of how I had a discussion with a friend who was a former boss, that evolved into a light debate on the question: What is more important discernment or compassion? Looking at today’s pandemic, we are all constantly being faced with a myriad of minute decisions that are requiring us to ask whether an action is safe? Does it enhance our security (CoVid verses economics)?