Take a deep breath.
I had a great deal of stress today, mostly relating to my job. Yes, I know I should be happy that I still have a job – and I am. Still, that doesn’t negate the tedious junk that I sometimes have to endure. In my effort to remain kind and cut people some slack, I can only assume that the response of some people to this strange world we are experiencing is to grab on to anything they can control.
Today, I dealt with some of those irritating almost inconsequential details that are in the control of other people – most of whom seemed almost gleeful that they were making me jump through randomly moving fiery hoops just to get something simple done.
At the end of the day – which actually is right about now as I am typing this out – I have to take a deep breath and just let it all go. I was just asked by my supervisor to write out a few sentences to describe what my full-time staff members are doing while working remotely – aka, justify why we are all still being paid while working remotely. He already wrote the description of my job. The underlying energy here feels frighteningly like, “We are trying to determine who is truly essential and who is not.”
OK. Maybe I am overreacting, but it’s a very real possibility. It seems to be a sad tradition in the good ol’ USA that when things are financially rough, just cut funding for the arts. We are “fluff” anyway, right?
Another deep breath
I really don’t have much more to say, except that just before I started to write today’s post a friend sent me the link to a great article. Instead of me harping on and on, I am going to leave you with the link here. It’s advice that we all need to read now. The article is titled “Your Only Goal is to Arrive” by Paul Ollinger:
All I have at any given time is the moment I am in and the breath I am taking – in, out, in, out.
Maybe it’s enough to just keep on breathing right now.
It’s only Quarantine if it comes from the Quarante province of France. Otherwise, it’s just Sparkling Isolation.