I just spent almost 2 hours singing my heart out on the front porch with my 1976 Ovation Legend (guitar). An occasional neighborhood walker stopped (at a distance) to listen or strike up a conversation. Otherwise, I mostly entertained myself. Either way, it gave me a needed warm up/practice and was entirely a joyful experience!
Everyone’s aware (or should be) that we are currently under government recommendations and imposed limitations with orders to “Stay at Home” in our immediate area, and many areas in the country.
Up until approximately a month ago, I was running around like crazy (a good crazy) with performances, meetings, errands, and doing my workouts at the health club. (I love water Zumba!)
With “Stay at Home” restrictions in place, it’s interesting that I didn’t feel an immediate personal panic. My mind easily shifted to “the pressure’s off” mode. Though I am not excited about having to cancel multiple paid performances I’d been booking since last year, I think I will be okay for a while. Like many other musicians, I am finding ways to keep the music in my life, show my work in virtual – or neighborhood - displays, and trying to get to some of my other creative projects while I have the extra time.
I try to dispel the constant scary news reports, and the occasional fearful glimmers about a dire future. Instead, I am trying to stay calm. If a negative thought pops into my mind, I consciously make an instant switch to the most positive things I can think of.
Part of me is enjoying the “vacation” from my normal routine. The other part of me is getting motivated to work towards the moment I can get back to business. I have a list of goals I want to accomplish. I’m completing a few tasks every day.
It’s evident by the creative solutions being shared, particularly on social media, that others are shifting their mindsets too.
I’ve seen some funny posts, including humorous music re-writes (lyrics of songs changed to represent facets of current restrictions or healthcare specifics relevant to our pandemic). Though the humorous posts are relatable, they have a somewhat negative tone of complaint and fear (i.e. being stuck at home, feeling the need to wear unobtainable masks, how much handwashing is enough, the inconvenience and isolation of social distancing, etc.)
For another viewpoint, I’ve decided to list some “Blessings in Disguise” which were prompted by our Stay at Home orders. There are probably other positives I didn’t consider, but I am glad to hear about them if you care to mention them by posting comments.
Obviously, those who have “essential” jobs will still be away from home long hours. Even so, they are blessed to serve in such an important community capacity while earning income towards supporting themselves and family.
Other businesses and employees are blessed to maintain their work on a full-time basis, though temporarily shifting from traditional to at-home offices.
First, let us be thankful for all those who risk their own health while publicly serving the rest of our community (i.e. medical staff/teams, grocery/consumer suppliers, maintenance/support people, construction workers, human services, nonprofit organizations, and others that help keep everything in working order.)
We can surely count our own blessings. It’s better to focus on the “haves” than the “have nots”. Agree? That said, here’s my list of “Blessings in Disguise” to ponder:
Try journaling thoughts. Document your own list of positives! Maybe we will all reset our priorities when the restrictions end?
Remember, POSITIVES are ALWAYS POSSIBLE. (We don’t have to wait for crazy restrictive times to think about them.)
Stay Inspired and keep sharing/posting those inspirations. We are all in this together.
Paula C Snyder
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2013 Paula C Snyder and Grandma Paula photos by Chris Florio were made possible by the Regional Artist Project Grant. The Regional Artist Project Grant is funded and administered by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The program is operated in partnership with the Franklin County Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Vance County Arts Council and Warren County Arts Council. http://www.unitedarts.org