Heartwings says, “Change is inevitable and can be difficult to deal with.”
Right now I cannot tell what will happen next, because my life, like those of most, has changed radically. Dealing with change can be difficult. It is made worse when there is no way to tell what that change will bring. There are some things we know for sure: Sooner or later what goes up must come down. Equally true is that what is down will eventually rise up, possibly in a new form. That does not, however, tell us very much; we have no way of knowing what form the changes will ultimately take. What works for me as much as I can do it, is to focus on the present.
We can live only in the present, and while it may be useful to speculate for planning purposes, we really cannot count on anything beyond the present being true or real. Sometimes we avoid the resent moment because we do not like the reality we are living in. These days there is little to each day that is as it has been for most if not all of our lives. I lived through World War II, and for my parents that must have been a big change. I was too young to understand the difference.
Food shortages were a normal part of life. I even have a ration book from then, with some stamps still in it. What I remember is the white stuff with a yellow capsule in the middle that became “butter.” My mother would massage the bag and rub the yellow stuff until color was distributed throughout the bag. it resembled butter, though it tasted different. We were fortunate that my family raised chickens, so we always had plenty of eggs but among other things sugar was scarce, and I’ve noticed some of the ration stamps are for shoes.
When they are small children live mostly in the present moment. Their world revolves around themselves and what they know to be true for them. Before TV news, their world was small and most often safe. In those days, if it wasn’t in their immediate vicinity children were usually insulated from violence and destruction. It must not be easy for them today. We all do the best we can to reassure adults and children who are frightened by the unknown factors. What I tell myself and others is that in this present moment I and those I love are safe, and for that I am very grateful.
May your present moment be safe and may you be secure within it.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
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