Well, what an adventure we (and the whole world) are on!
When I last wrote, I was in the middle of my recovery from my broken shoulder, and the world was just starting to realize the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak. Move forward a couple months, and while most of us have now been sheltering in place for the past eight weeks or so, because I couldn’t get out because of my shoulder, I am basically in week 13. Additionally, my elderly father fell and broke a rib in mid-April, and has been in the hospital and rehab for the past four weeks, and I have been trying to manage his health care from my couch and cell phone, as we are not allowed to go in an see him. Fortunately, we have been able to keep in contact with video calls via FaceTime. Additionally, it’s been very scary to have him in an group environment where there are COVID-19 positive patients in the building. Luckily, he has managed to stay healthy, get stronger, and is scheduled to be released next week and go home. Granted, that will start a whole other set of challenges, but it will be good to get him more out of harm’s way and get him to a place where he is more comfortable.
All this being said, I’m just now coming to a point where my body is over the biggest part of the healing and the initial stressors of my Dad’s health and the COVID-19 upheaval is at least stable. I’ve just recently been able to start thinking about my future and what I can do to move forward with my life. As many of you know, I have been going through transitions in my work life. I’m continuing with my career consulting, and it’s the work that I love to do and feel like it’s my life’s work, yet I need to supplement it with other work in order to have a more consistent income stream. It’s a big new change for me, and I’m using all the skills and strategies that I would advise any client of mine (and don’t worry, I’ll still be doing career development consulting, so send any clients to me!)
All the signals I’m getting from the Universe is basically telling me that I’m starting a new chapter in life and that life will be different. This was even before it made the world realize the same thing at a macro level. As I’ve been meditating and journaling and doing other contemplative work, I’ve been challenged over and over again to notice what’s happening to me right now, and see what information or messages I might be getting. To often, my mind is working for some time in the future, and I’m not paying attention to what’s going on in front of me. A thought hit me a while ago: what if right in this present moment is the moment that I’ve been waiting for, and the message that I need is coming to me right now, and I’m missing it if I’m thinking of something else at this time? Am I ready to receive that message right now? Can I even find it?
I don’t know what the future holds for myself, my family, my friends, my career, and my world. The only thing I know is that it’s going to be different moving forward. I’m just working on my flexibility (for my shoulder and my life) to be able to notice things as they happen and roll with whatever the Universe presents to me.
What are you noticing right now?