Some days I’m ok. I am focused, I can cross tasks off my to-do list easily. Other days my brain is in a fog. I feel unsettled and rattled. What does it take to set me off? This morning it was the news that writer, R.M. Vaughn has been missing for two days and is being searched for in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I am not close to him, but he’s a fellow writer, we’re FB friends and we have interacted a bit here and there, if memory serves. I worry for him and feel badly for his friends and loved ones.
I listened to a bit of the news, Ottawa is not doing so great at dealing with the pandemic. At the same time there are increases in fines as methods to curtail a lack of precautions toward it. I worry about that too, about the vulnerable who can’t afford fines and what giving authority and enforcement to individuals and organizations looks like these days, what it might become.
I see lines being drawn: citizens, particularly the have nots vs institutions. The institutions are always right. the Economy is everything. I see absurd and obvious hypocrisy: going after family gatherings while turning a blind eye to budget-strapped schools that can’t possibly follow the same precautions that individuals are being fined for. Who do we fine in that case? The politicians who were voted in by the right-wing because they promised to keep taxes low?
Today I am unsettled and my fitness class helped a bit but not enough. I can’t cross tasks off my to-do list right now. I feel bad about that, but wait! It’s ok not to do these things right now. It’s ok to take a break and do what I can do to get through this moment.
do work when I can
when I can’t, do something else and don’t beat myself up about it
listen to hopeful and constructive activities and philosophers via podcasts and radio shows
reach out to you and let you know that you are not alone