Language has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich, philosopher and theologian
Writing in a CLOVID-19 Diary is helping me process my feelings as I record my stay-safe-at-home life experience for posterity. Growing up as an only child with one parent, I learned early how to be alone without being lonely. However, this time of isolation has challenged my coping skills. Honestly—I’m struggling with this new reality.
In order to gain a more positive perspective, I recently listed what I’m learning. See if anything resonates with you then write your own list.
So far, I’m learning how to:
* appreciate stillness more
* value my worth by who I am rather than by how much I do
* be more introspective than I’ve been in years
* be more patient
* lean on my faith as it relates to this new life
* appreciate my husband more
* soak in nature more than ever
* make-do with the ingredients I have in my pantry
* make-do with who I am without outside reinforcement or acknowledgement
* recognize, with greater clarity, the great racial, economic, and political divide
* have empathy for the tremendous physical, economic, and emotional suffering without being personally overwhelmed
Affirmation: I can do this.
Coaching questions: So far, what are your takeaways from your stay-at-home experience? How is this experience changing you?