Is it safe to come out?
This pandemic has overturned many of our dreams. Whether you were making plans for a wedding, hunt for a new career, or work on your writing, the virus has made you either postpone or rethink your plans.
Americans first learned about the virus in March when the president came on TV and told her that our economy would be closing. New phrases have entered our everyday speech like social distancing, flattening the curve, and asymptomatic. We also had to rearrange our habits by wearing masks, not eating out, and doing school online.
Most areas in our lives have been impacted. And no one knows when we can get back to normal or even how normal that normal will look.
Yet, we are all going through this and we all have to be alert to keep from getting depressed. It is hard to be hopeful when you don’t know what to expect in the future. But that is exactly what we are called to do during this time.
One thing that helps is to remember as dark and final this feels, it is only for a season. Things will change. And each of us can make the best of the opportunities that will come.
Over on The Write Conversation, I offer some tips to help get through this dark period. (Link here.)There are still some things we can control. We need to focus on them.
In the mean time, know we are all trying to get through this. Have grace on others and also yourself.
by Tim Suddeth
The days are getting shorter here in Greenville. We are finally feeling that nip in the air telling us that fall is on its way. The time for trips to the apple country, pumpkins on porches, and—my favorite sign of fall—Brach’s Halloween candy appearing in stores. Candy corn and those chocolate bats in the Halloween mix. I like my sweets.
I also like the smells of fall; apple cider, a crisp early morning, and fresh cut hay until it makes me sneeze.
Too bad we don’t have fall music. We do have the crackling of a wood fire and the boom of shotguns at a turkey shoot. Continue reading
We often hear someone tell a newbie at something to fake it till you make it. Wikipedia, the lazy man’s encyclopedia (I love it.), states that this saying “suggests by imitating confidence, competence, and an optimistic mindset, a person can realize those qualities in their real life.”
Now, here we are talking about behaviors, not competences. It’s never okay to say you can speak Spanish or write code when you’ve never done it before. And it isn’t okay to misrepresent yourself. But it is okay, and often wise, to put a smile on even when you aren’t feeling it.
Too often, we wait until we think we’re ready, until we’re feeling it. Unfortunately, our feelings often work against us. Two things feelings are good for, to protect us from threats or from falling on our faces. These are the very risks that we have to face when we attempt something new. Continue reading