This week is filled with celebrations, Jewish people all over the world are celebrating the week of Passover and Sunday is Easter, lots of eggs and chocolates are consumed by both groups, but there is a HUGE difference this year! Social isolation means no synagogues, no church services, no friends and family gatherings, which is way out of the norm for most of us! But humans rise to the occasion when adversity hits. We will facetime, snapchat, whatsapp, zoom, skype and basically use technology to bring us closer together!
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.” -George Bernard Shaw
We keep trying to come up with lessons we are learning during this time of isolation and one of them is, we can do a lot with a little. We have been discovering tools in our kitchen we forgot about, we have thrown birthday parties with family movie nights (thank goodness for Amazon movies for the win)! We have worked out in our garage, we have hosted family front yard and backyard picnics. We have talked to neighbors from 6 feet away, we have gone on walks, bike rides, scooter rides, we have done art, learned at home (we miss you teachers!) and just generally done things that we always are too busy to do otherwise.
“The tests we face in life's journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face.”
- Kemi Sogunle
During this week, if you celebrate either Passover or Easter, think about what the Holiday really means, during your downtime, do some research, read about the history and the meaning of your traditions, on the subject of traditions, see how you can tweak them to fit your life during the pandemic. Things that seem too weighty or overwhelming, ditch them. If cooking is too overwhelming, order in, your local restaurant will thank you! Make this time about learning to do with less, to spend time on the people and things that matter, put your mental health and physical health first, the people who are toxic, cut them out of your life as much as possible and find ways to keep your therapy going and make sure your medication prescriptions don’t run out.
“Because some people see a wall, and assume that's the end of their journey. Others see it, and decide it's just the beginning.” -Angeline Trevena
Wishing you strength, courage, patience, support and health in the days ahead-SG