It’s been a difficult few months for all of us. Stay at home orders, masks, gloves, 6 feet of distance, fearful of getting or giving a virus that has wreaked havoc on the world. Life changes in a split second… families are distanced, isolation becomes the new normal. I was having a very hard time not being able to go out and do my normal day to day errands and routine. I was getting anxious and unclear what to do about it. One of the few things that was accessible was outdoor plants and flowers. I enjoy my garden and I became totally immersed in expanding and updating my flower beds. I found peace and comfort in being outside, making my home look even more beautiful and best of all my neighbors would walk by and admire, stop to chat and began doing the same thing. An event that kept me home, fearful and anxious turned into a group of neighbors coming together and “finding the Good”. Friendships have been formed and our gardens are beautiful.
In a time when everyone’s world has been turned upside down, I Find the Good in our family zoom calls. I have three children, one quarantining in Paris, one quarantining in San Diego, and one home with us. My heart literally sings for joy when I see all our faces coming on to the zoom call. We are thousands of miles apart, but always together in our hearts.
Our days have all become less hectic. We have nowhere we need to run to. Due to the virus, my daughter is having to complete her college semester at home. I Find the Good every day when we walk together. In a regular world, I would never have had this much unrushed, quality time with my daughter. I feel as though I have been given a gift.
In spite of flying over my bike handle bars, bruises on my shoulder and palm, and scrapes on my cheek during my first ride around the reservoir in 2020, I find the good in knowing my injuries were all minor, both to me physically & emotionally and to my bike. No broken bones, missing teeth or punctured major arteries. With each day, I continue to heal and when the warmer weather arrives, I will bike again!