Years ago I met a couple who had recently immigrated to Canada from India. They said one of the most odd things to them about Canadians was how they talked about the weather. For weeks it surprised them when taxi-drivers, teachers, or store-shop owners would say things like, “Crazy weather we’re having, hey?” or “Looks like it’s going to rain tomorrow.” When they realized how much the weather changed in Canada compared to India, they began to understand why Canadians chatted about the weather so much. Soon they found themselves also talking about the constant changing weather!
Since then, I’ve tried to be more clever with topics rather than the weather when engaging in small conversations with others.
On a zoom call with a friend this week we found ourselves talking about the obvious –Covid19–and stating how that is all anyone seems to be talking about these days! Our news, our social media feeds, our work emails are full of pandemic messages. Finally I asked, “Snow in spring, hey? I wonder when we’ll get a really warm day for the big melt?”
It is important to stay up to date to what is happening especially as, like the weather, changes are happening fast. My grandchildren left school on a Friday, all their belongings tucked away as usual, then told on Sunday night they would not be returning, possibly until September. Not even a chance to say good-bye to loved teachers and friends. A friend’s senior high-school daughter still has her grad dress hanging on the back of her bedroom door unsure now when or if it will be worn. And unfortunately due to a possible exposure, I was isolating when I received the news my sister ‘n law had entered hospice. I was not able to visit her before she passed away from cancer.
Many sad stories are happening currently as we navigate this ‘new normal’ for time.
Keeping it real, I must admit, I have felt anxiety over the uncertainties. It showed up as an upset stomach. So I knew I had to start getting my mind away from ‘what if’ and into the fruit of the spirt.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
Ten Ways I Calm my Anxious Mind
- Listen to Bonnie Gray’s PodCast – Breathe http://bit.ly/2QlDORN
- Watch Michael W Smith Live Worship Broadcast from his home. You can watch the recording here.
- Listen to a local radio station with only music, no news
- Learning Art Journaling
- Making a cake just for the fun of it (even though it is just me and the cat in my home)
- Skype with my grandchildren as much as possible
- Plan Easter dinner where I’ll be having dinner with my kids via Skype
- Daily eating my vegetables, making my bed, and getting dressed (I haven’t been putting make-up on but know I will be grateful for the money I’m saving)
- Watch for the chickadees that have recently started feeding from my bird feeder
- Intentionally find new subjects beyond today’s current events to talk about when connecting with others
My Go-To Psalm for Calm
On my bed I remember you, I think of you through the watches of the night, Because you are my help, I sing in the shadows of your wings I cling to you: your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63: 6-8
So how is the weather in your part of the world?