In the last few months due to the pandemic,  I am sure we have all experienced a little bit of both the above. We are alone much of the time as we social distance and at times this may induce the feeling of being lonely. During this time, it is so important to take good care of not only our physical, but also our emotional and spiritual health.

When things in life change so rapidly and so counter to the life we knew and understood how to navigate, it can be overwhelming. Yes, overwhelming to the point that we really have to work at lifting our spirits, even if we are by nature a positive, joy filled  person. It is important to take those feelings, bless them for what they are (they are real),  let  them simmer in our minds, and then give way to a different place in our thinking/feeling. As with most feelings brought about by unwelcome changes, they will be temporary. Temporary can be defined on a time line differently by everyone. But we do make our own ‘temporary’. We get to chose.

As I have walked this journey in my own life, I know that I can still thank the Lord every morning and night for the gifts and the graces I have been given, have not lost, and wish to pass on to others. Maybe it is just a phone call, a long overdue handwritten note, a ‘hello’ text, the sending of a small gift or dropping something at a friend’s front door that I can do today. I have always found that when I do things for others, my own emotional being  feels better.

May you chose to use your alone or lonely to lift someone else up, especially now during this unprecedented journey we all are living.






I begin my day with prayer, meditation, and voicing gratitude. This routine helps me get focused and move forward with POSITIVES. When I skip this step of my day or it gets put on the back burner until later in the afternoon, I feel unsettled. The day is just off. By the same token, I end my day by going over in my mind what I accomplished, my plan for tomorrow, and expressing what I am most grateful for that day. Sometimes it is not a list of accomplishments for the day though. It is more like: did I do anything special for someone today?  Did I do anything hurtful today? Did I do my best today? Simple questions, yet the answers reflect whether I valued this day as a ‘gift’ , or did the day just roll into some moments, with little to be said for how I spent those moments. We always think ‘oh there is tomorrow’. But in reality, what if there isn’t tomorrow and you only have today? Wouldn’t you want to use all those moments in the day to bring  JOY into your life and those around you? Harder to do some days than others! Yes, I agree. However, we can each strive to make those moments count and relish them as a gift, opening it gently, savoring the wrapping, and treasuring the contents.

“Today will never come again. Be a Blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal and not wound.” (Tejas Patel)

What did your day feel like? Was it a gift to you? Can you make tomorrow a gift?