Hi, how are you going my friend? Are you feeling a little bit over the lock down, social distancing & isolation measures in this pandemic? Are you missing your family & friends?
First let’s grab our cuppas, treats & get settled for our time together…Now settled let’s begin…
Well, I can answer a resounding yes to all of the above!
I was going absolutely fine until Tuesday of this week but after experiencing Easter Sunday without family & fellowship, this lock down got a little too much!
We have been in pandemic home detention here in Australia for five weeks now with no end in sight for the next few months! I know it’s necessary but it’s a little wearying! We have the following measures here in our particular state…
- The only travel allowed is for essential work, to get groceries, for medical needs & to exercise locally or it’s a $1000 fine!
- We are allowed the daily walk/exercise, although no sitting or stopping while walking then straight back home!
- Social distancing of 1.5 metres when out & no groups over 2 people allowed other then those living in your own household & only for essential business!
I have also realized a few important factors in this time about routine…
Our new Norm
Before this time, I had put certain behavioral modifications into my ‘normal’ routine, for the management of pain with Diversional therapies. This was to keep my chronic health conditions, as far as possible managed, especially pain levels.
I likened the level I attained, in adopting these strategies, to a background noise. While one is always aware of the noise (pain), which can get a little annoying at times, it mainly stays at a bearable volume.
The following were some of the strategies I had adopted to cope with the chronic pain without having to take serious pain medication…
- Go for a drive around this coastal region we live in a few times a week, the seascape is a delight to my soul.
- Visit my daughter’s & grandchildren, when physically able, both locally & interstate (two of my daughter’s & four grandchildren live 1,000km away) this is a joy for this Mama’s heart.
- A slow walk by the water a few times a week, this refreshes my spirit.
- Meeting for a delightful morning tea each week with some amazing ladies for a share & prayer time together, often hosted in my home. A fun gal tea time!
Thus you can see how these lock down measures have impacted my pain management plan & strategies! The volume of the pain is increasing to a loud reverberation now.
You see I don’t do so well with phone calls or video chats with the Brain Malaise (Fibrofog) that these conditions give. I shared this strange but very real & debilitating malady in Listening…
So I’m left with mainly texting & emailing for communication with family & friends. This I can do & am very thankful that I have this technology however it’s not the same as face to face!
So feeling a little flat, well actually a little down since Tuesday (unusual for me) with this increased volume of pain. I thought I’d get praying & seek God’s wisdom first & foremost. The following wisdom was imparted…
“…I will give you treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, in order that you may know that it is I, The Lord God…”
So, now I have been given this wise word, what does it actually mean? And what practical application does it have for my life & yours dear friend in this pandemic shadow!
We immediately think of darkness as a negative place. But not all places of darkness are bad or negative spaces… Let’s look at a few to see what I mean.
The seeds of delicious life sustaining fruit & vegetables need a quiet dark place under the earth to generate & grow!
The Dark depths of the ocean have some of the most amazing & beautiful creatures God has created!
The Dark night sky allows the light of secreted far away planets, stars & galaxies to shine brightly!
This can be said about creativity & productivity too! Out of the recesses of hardship, resilience & quiet reflection come some of the most creative & beautiful artworks, inventions & lifesaving equipment that we know today.
As I’ve been reflecting upon these examples & my situation at this time, I have become a little creative too!
Hidden wealth of creativity
Diversional therapy comes in many forms, so I had been toying with an idea of creating my own handbag over the last 12 months, as I haven’t been able to find the prefect one that is suitable for my particular needs!
It needed to be a shoulder bag that would hold my essential items, be soft, pliable & comfortable enough on my shoulder so as not to cause more pain there or under my arm.
So out of the shadow of pain, a hand crocheted shoulder bag that is perfect for my needs has been created, I even lined it, all made with materials I already had in my stash… it was great therapy & very practical too!
This creativity increased my motivation, so I thought over the restrictions, how could I stay within these important government measures & yet continue important pain management strategies?
I studied the above lists, comparing mine to the restrictions…Lightbulb moment; we are allowed to travel in our own village for exercise, hmmmm…
Recently, hubby & I found that walking around our usual neighborhood route had some rather narrow spots that didn’t accommodate socal distancing very well with passing fellow walkers.
So, we now drive to the waterfront park in our little seaside village to take our walk. The park is wide & vast enough to accommodate social distancing with passing fellow walkers easily! And I get to have a little drive each time to look at the seascape! Yay!
I’m still missing family but I’m not alone in this as I’m sure you are too! Though I used creativity here too, I went online & ordered surprise gifts of love to be delivered to their homes until we can meet again, this lifted my spirit & theirs.
And finally for our ladies share & prayer we have created our own WhatsApp group, so we can text share our time online with our cuppas in hand at the same time each week!
What treasures of hidden wealth are being revealed from your secret spaces my friend, in this pandemic shadow?
Until next time,
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