Quote No.24 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.
We are approximately two months into Covid19 Lockdown and the myriad of new challenges associated with it.
How do you “deal with what is,” what you are finding is your new, present day reality?
How do you avoid stressing about tomorrow or next week, the “what if?”
Please share any strategies that have helped you and anything you have learned as a result.
I’m learning to expand my Covid Coping Toolkit. A few things I’ve added include more meditation, more uplifting YouTube videos, replacing lost physical contact with online video chats via Zoom, more family time, phone calls, walks and more appreciation of bird song which is easier to hear now with less traffic where I live.
I’m also learning to stay grounded in the moment, just taking it one day or even one hour at a time. Sometimes there are challenging hours. Yesterday’s challenging hour taught me that there is a miracle waiting within each grievance, to teach us something if we are ready to listen.
Note to self..”I found the miracle! I became what Tolle calls the ‘watchful observer.’ I caught myself in the act. And it taught me to look at my reaction to the event, not the event itself. I realised that my reaction, which resulted in silence and resort to junk food during the grievance yesterday weren’t constructive choices. I’ve since spoken about it, pointed out how I felt. No blame, no bad feeling, no grievance! No pain! That is the miracle!
On Friday our much loved Polish Lowland Sheep dog Juke, quietly passed away. I am as upset as if I lost a close relative. He was a wonderful watch dog and a very important part of our family.
I want to share Emma’s tribute to Juke from her Instagram account @Dorismakesmyday
“I dont know how I can sum up 14 years in a couple of paragraphs, but here goes.
I remember the first day you came home, sitting by my mothers legs, not even reaching her knee. I remember all the hours we spent, you sitting on the picnic table while I brushed your coat, remarkably calm only for those few moments.
I remember your hatred for the vet, and how he put a name to that face you were famous for, the ‘fuck off face.’ His amazement at how much sedative it took to finally put you under before your neuter. (Enough to sedate a German Shepard & a Jack Russel)
Your love for car journeys, how you sat by my side looking out the window on all our camping adventures and how you would wake us up at the crack of dawn to let us know someone had passed our window, much to our frustration.
How you made Marley, of Marley and Me, look like the worlds best behaved dog by destroying our lawnmower (you ate the basket), our deep freezer (you ate the power cord), our camper van (by eating the spark plug), our couch and our car (by destroying the wheel arch).
But mostly I will remember you as the fiercely independent and fearless dog you were. How affection wasn’t your thing but yet when I was sad or anxious you always knew. Despite your total dislike for cuddles, you would come and sit by me and let me wrap my arms around you and cry until you decided I was feeling better and then you would go back to being the aloof boy that you were.
Thank you for being my therapist, my entertainment, my best friend and my inspiration. Thank you for being brave till the very end. 14 years wasn’t long enough but they were the best 14 years I could have asked for. I will miss your little sausage tail and your happy little trot. I love you, I miss you.”