The Gift of Isolation
Anyone else feel like they are living in an obvious/social messaging/humanity might perish/thick in foreshadowing 90’s movie, as the drama increases over this widespread struggle to get a grip on a virus that has demonstrated the world is smaller than we thought?
On the heels of one of the most spiritual moments I have experienced (more on that in another post), comes the test that leaves me in isolation for two weeks. If truth be told, I thought my biggest test of 2020 was already upon me. There have been some big changes with work, family struggles remain mountainous, and my identity has been significantly challenged in the face of a health twist that I should have seen coming, but didn’t.
I accept this challenge! And, because so many others are facing the same dilemma of what to do with themselves over the coming weeks/months, I suggest we:
- Stay connected in whatever ways are possible
- Get organized! Plan how to use this distraction-free gift of time
- Breathe, hope and love in the manner… steady.
The first thing I did to honor my isolation, was make a list. A BIG list. This felt overwhelming and like I should perhaps re-think the potential for a Netflix binge, so I allocated the items into 4 categories: Personal, Family, Home, and Business. Sometimes the lines got blurred and I really did not know what task belonged in which category, so I considered who or what would benefit from the efforts or success of the particular task.
Voila! Here is a snapshot of the lists.
My motivator each day is knowing that this season in our global history is going to make a strong memory. Hopefully, I will have forgotten the ‘almost’ drive from Atlanta to Savannah, where we turned around on the highway and headed to the airport against every fun-loving, adventurous instinct in my body.
Even though the weight of not being able to visit family members feels desperate… worried if they are sick, helpless if they are vulnerable, extra- isolated in the hospital or incarcerated, unreachable across the city or across the globe… despair would be understandable. But this is not the attitude I want to foster.
As much as I cannot control the outside world currently, I can control what I do with my time, space, energy and resources. Please leave a comment about how you have crafted a meaningful intention for yourself or how you are defining a successful isolation phase.
This isolation is going to be a gift…so, I say… thank you.