The only constant in life is change. If ever there was proof of that, well, we are living it. Every time I thought I had a clue as to what was going on, I would turn on the TV and get thrown for a loop.
What kept me going? Keeping my eye on the big picture. I would talk to my friends, read posts online about how people are suffering. Lost jobs, homeschooling, worried that whatever decision we made we would be wrong. It was and still is incredibly stressful. For most things though I use the rule of 5 to focus. I ask myself, “Will this be as overwhelming, in 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years?”
Luckily most things are temporary. For those things that are not temporary, for the most part, there are solutions. New jobs, new schooling, new travels. For me what matters aren’t my plans, it is making sure I listen. That I stay connected to my husband and kids. That we have some sort of a routine that keeps us engaged (Sci-Fi Friday is a big one around here my friends). However goofy, a great routine can have a big impact for you too.
I thought I would do big things with this time at home. As it turns out I didn’t learn the language I thought I would, or loose those 10 pounds (…oops). I did slow down my pace of life. I’ve been spending more time at home with my family, connecting to friends in new ways, and forging relationships with people I would not have known if my plans hadn’t been blown apart by forces beyond my control.
So keep the faith my friends. Plans may change, but that’s okay. We can make new ones. The challenges that individuals and families are experiencing these days can be difficult for youth and adults. Change happens with support, guidance, wisdom, and trust. At Lamplight Counseling Services LLC we are ready to earn that trust.