Turns out I grew up surrounded by a treasure trove and didn’t know it. The gift of having girls and women older than me in my life. Women who, whether they knew it or not, poured into me out of their life experience and faith in God. In my 30’s and 40’s, while in the throes of momming two tween-into-teenage girls, serving a husband who had suffered a physical disability and the loss of his career, and losing my dad and walking through my fifty-six-year-old mother’s grief with her, I discovered the value of hanging out with older women who could speak life and shine light on my dizzying days.
Friend, even with some states, cities, business, and medical services starting to open up some, life is far from normal. And all of that on top of the usual stresses of everyday life. While you and I can find much to be grateful for in every season, the stress of change and uncertainty are real. I’m in this chaotic and wonderful life with you, and I have five strategies that can help you lighten your load.
I’m counting the days with you as we try to see beyond Covid-19. Meanwhile, I’m sharing some habits that I hope will help you stay sane during this topsy-turvy time (whatever that looks like for you).
A giraffe is unlike any other animal. The zebra however could be mistaken for a small horse that paused too long in front of a graffiti artist. That’s why the zebra became the mascot for rare diseases. But this isn’t a post about a chronic illness or even about my journey with a rare and wily disease. This conversation is more specifically about gaining perspective in the wake of any given wave that rocks your boat.