It has been months since I last created a balloon sculpture and several weeks since I picked up a face painting brush. Like many, I find it almost impossible to keep my spirits up during these challenging times. I tried to create a creativity thread, but my heart just isn’t in it at the moment.
I know many of you are in the same boat. My prayer is that Covid will pass you by and also those you love. During this uptick in the numbers, I want to also encourage you to please, please, please be courageous and strong. Wear masks, wash hands, stay six feet away. It is incredibly urgent that we all think more of our neighbors than ourselves right at this moment. It is hard. It stinks on so many levels. But giving in and giving up is not the answer.
As the holidays approach, getting together with a large group of people outside our “sheltering group” is extremely dangerous. As much as we all want to have Thanksgiving and Christmas with all those we love – how horrible would those holidays be to us ever after if we unknowingly infected our loved ones and friends with a disease that, if not fatal, can have long term health impacts? Keep it small, check with everyone to be sure they have been as careful as possible in avoiding crowds, etc. Consider options for gathering online for the larger family/friends gatherings.
As you consider how to celebrate, I want to encourage you to buy from family and friends, local small business owners, crafters, and artists. Many are struggling without any safety net in terms of insurance, loss of income, lost venues. Buy your cards, your gifts FROM those who need your support. Give those gifts with pride and be sure to let those receiving know that their gift benefitted a small/local business.
I’m not promising myself or visitors that I’ll be posting much the remainder of this year. I’m doing a lot right now just to get through my day without sadness, tears, and anger. I’m focusing on keeping thankful and doing what I can to encourage others. I believe that God has a purpose for everything that comes our way – and this situation is no exception. I hope that one purpose will be to change more of us to be thankful, to be helpful to one another, to reject chaos and hurtful/hateful behavior. To see the good in life and in others, and to seek to encourage that goodness.
God bless and keep you during these times.