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Gratitude for Things in My Life

by Nancy Schlosser


: Covid-19 has changed our world. This virus is affecting the entire planet, in a way unknown to me in this lifetime. As we all know, it is terribly contagious and is a worldwide pandemic. It has been challenging to keep a social distance—6 feet minimum—to try to keep the infection from spreading.

When such a big scary event happens in my life, I try to ask: What am I to learn from this experience? Can I see that this is not only happening to me, but for me? Here are some things for which I am grateful during this coronavirus experience.

New ways of connecting: Since we’re not able to gather in person, so many things are transitioning to virtual formats. My children have taught me to use Zoom, Facetime, and conference calls. Using this technology, I video chat with my children regularly. I can see them in the kitchen making meals, admonishing the dog, and so forth. It is almost like being there!

We had a virtual singing rehearsal on Zoom. Just seeing my fellow singers and friends was so uplifting. My husband is in a weekly meditation group which meets Sunday mornings. They are able to meet electronically as well.

My spiritual group is also meeting via Zoom, and it is a comfort to continue to share what is in my heart with like-minded souls.

Time: My morning routine is blissfully indulgent. First I sit and write in my journal. This is a daily practice that helps clear my brain. Then I do a contemplative spiritual exercise from my spiritual path, Eckankar. This opens my heart to the lessons of the day. Next, my husband and I do a YouTube kundalini yoga session. Then I walk outside to get the newspaper, visit my plants in the garden, listen to the birds and enjoy the fresh air. Then breakfast and coffee. The rest of my “routine” involves cleaning the kitchen and wiping down door handles and other surfaces.

Creativity: The necessity of being resourceful and figuring things out for myself is satisfying. Many of us are cooking most meals from scratch. No restaurant visits, limited take-out. My son brought a large load of groceries here from Portsmouth yesterday. Using gloves, we unloaded everything. No hugs, but we went for a walk. Just to be with him was a comfort.

Clarity: In this crisis, I am focusing on what is truly important to me. Reaching out and

telephoning family and dear friends and letting go of unimportant social contact is a priority. As part of this newfound clarity, I have the time and inclination to let go of what no longer serves me. Purging old paper files; discarding rarely worn clothing. I am attempting to let go of unnecessary judgements and opinions, as well. That is the most challenging!

Springtime: This pandemic has hit here, in rural New Hampshire, in early spring. I am able to walk outside every day, rain or shine. Spring flowering bulbs and wildflowers are emerging. The days are getting longer. These things open my heart and ease my mind! I planted many tulip bulbs last fall. Every morning I walk around my yard and say hello to the emerging shoots and leaves. Spending time outdoors, in nature, is crucial to my well-being.

I am grateful for every day, and I try to make the best of each situation. It’s been a good life, and I want to keep learning and living!

-Nancy Schlosser, New Hampshire


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