Being in a gap: how does it feel? As the Covid-19 lockdown continued, people started to relax a little bit and myself I got a little bit too relaxed – till my job was gone.
But I was prepared. I knew what to do and sent my job applications right away, no need to start crying over spilled milk, life goes on.
I couldn’t have managed it this way if I didn’t experiende the loss of a job before. That time I felt like my world was going down. I was overwelmed and couldn’t cope for a while. Looking back it seems to me that I was lacking the proper tools and the proper reactions to handle that. And sadly I did not find the support that I had needed outside of me, I did it alone. Well, we all get wiser in time …
This slowing down of the public life and of parts of the economy affected my personal life in a way that a diet does – this one being a “stress diet”. The chance was now so palpable to invest more time and energy in my home, cooking skills, work-sleep balance 😉 I have watched so many shows and movies as in the previous two years combined – satisfying my brain’s thirst for stories and data.
Now I actually get the chance of a great job and I feel a lot more motivated – even excited! – about the new beginning that is slowly coming.
Social distancing is still there and by now I guess that some (new) routines were born. Did you spend time on hobbies that you couldn’t do because you didn’t have enough time? I found myself posting more often on social media, working on expanding the reach for my art, trying hand lettering as a new way of expression.
Lately I have been thinking about the reason why do I do all of this. Spirituality is a part of my life since teen years now, it fuelled my creativity and gave me a rock solid basis for crisis situations like the current one. Talking to friends and acquaintances I started to realise that there is still little knowledge about the benefits of investing in your spiritual life:
1. It doesn’t cost anything to get started. With most hobbies you need to purchase stuff . Want to sew? need a sewing machine. Want to draw? you need paper and lots of pens etc. For this one you just need a little bit of time and a quiet space where you can be on your own.
2. Your inner world expands. You start to receive new insights and sometimes even get the feeling of a light literally going on.
Besides, people realise that through this inner connection to their soul, they are connected to the society and the Universe. Loneliness thus becomes impossible to experience 🙂
3. Personal stories are easier to understand and to let go of. Healing takes place and even if sometimes there is sadness, it doesn’t pull someone down like a heavy stone.
4. You learn lots of new techniques and meet new people. In my experience you don’t need a Guru to make progress. It is good to have someone to exchange ideas and get support from time to time.
Which techniques do you use or learn currently? Do you have a favourite online event that you want to share?
By now I have been through three weeks of home office and one week of vacation since the Social Distancing situation started. Clearly some things have changed and I wonder as many people do, at this time, if things will get back to what they used to be or if we all are going to define anew what “normal” is.
Hopefully, we are able by now to see that there are some advantages when working from home – as this is possible, of course, since many jobs are not suitable to this. But as long as someone is doing an office related job and is using a computer, this is largely applicable. To be frankly, many of us have experienced before that when contacting an insurance or the support of a company, the person at the end of the line stated that they were doing home office and “please be patient” meanwhile he or she was looking through the records.
There are mixed feelings about this subject. After all, if you are used to getting up in the morning and go to work, it’s a little irritating if you are put in a new situation where you have to develop some habits first.
Man is a creature of habits and propensities
The more important thing is though, which businesses will make it through this dry period, which ones will have to close permanently?
If you look for example at retailers, most of which had to close their stores, the ones that cannot offer a replacement of their in-store services are suffering. It doesn’t have to be online shops. Some stores that I have seen while taking a walk are displaying posters that state that orders by email are welcome and that they deliver at home.
Delivery services are in demand and if this situation continues, it will become an opportunity for people who love going out. By delivering goods they can also support small and big stores – it’s a win-win situation.
What about you, are you also affected by the current Stay-at-Home situation?