It is a strange and beautiful time right now.
There are all these tragic things happening, people getting sick and losing their jobs.
And while it’s only a percentage of us who are directly affected, all of us are rearranging our lives. The usual commitments in our calendars – travel plans, work commitments, social engagements, haircuts (haha) – are no longer there, holding the narrative of our lives in place, reflecting back to us our sense of ourselves.
What’s more, the ways we insulate ourselves with familiar routines have been stripped away, and there’s this empty space and time. And just underneath, a silence. And stillness.
Even for people whose work continues, things feel different. In the background of our lives, there is this eerie, and somewhat awakening feeling of calm, mixed in with all of the change and uncertainty.
Can you feel it? I notice it just driving around, fewer cars on the road, and also when talking to friends, sharing about how our lives are different, how our routines have been affected. [Read more…]