This morning I awoke, once again, to this new sense of quiet that is becoming familiar. I intentionally left the news turned off, and savored the quiet, the sunshine, my morning elixer of honey, hot water and apple cider vinegar, my morning meditation time and… well, my cats who are ever present with me. I’ve included a photo of my morning view. I’m working on finding routines and structure in this unstructured and anything but routine time. The morning always reminds me of the new possibilities.
So as the day unfolded and the outside world came in, and my concerns started growing. All the more gratitude for my morning grounding time. More news conferences, more news from friends and family. And then, in the midst of my growing concern, my neighbor called to check on me. She has been ill and is older so I worry about her. Yesterday she called me because her doctor gave her a blood pressure machine and a pulse/oxygen clip that reports her vitals directly to the doctor’s office… but she was not sure how to use it and asked me to help her. I was worried with the shelter rule; but knew she needed help. I went and we got the vitals done with her cool machines; and while she laughed hysterically at my gloves and mask, calling me Dr. Carol. We both laughed and fussed at each other. I treat like a mother and told her I want to her to be safe from any risk. Then we talked about our concerns about the world and shared how we are both alone during this time and can watch out for each other. So, today she called me… from the front of the house. just to make sure I am okay… I treasure that phone call.
“Waking up this morning, I smile, Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
May it be so…
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