The VIEW From Above 4
Taking time for oneself is not a philosophy that I saw modeled in my childhood, adolescence, or even most of my adulthood. I hear others talk about it, but the women I’ve known and still know both in and out of DKG do not visibly display evidence that they relax. Perpetual motion is the norm. No idle hands allowed. Constant directed, meaningful motion is the model. Did I ever see Aunt Kat without a broom? Did I ever see my mother sit with a book to read? Did I ever see her sit? How many DKG colleagues do I really know who are taking care of themselves? We all tend to be racing from point A to point B with no rest in between. Do I ever just sit and contemplate the view outside my window? Truth be told, not nearly as much as I should and rarely with a deliberate idea of forgetting about anything besides the view itself.
COVID-19 is teaching me to care more unselfishly about myself. It is also teaching me to appreciate the thoughtfulness of others even more and to pay it back. Many of our members are heeding the call to care for others. Care packages are showing up in the mail to brighten the lonely existence of our more isolated members. The hand-written note is making a comeback, some on beautiful hand-made cards. A group of members even “shared a cup of tea” this past weekend at the e-invitation of Delaware State Organization Chapter President Terry Kopple. Another chapter is providing breakfasts to healthcare workers in local nursing homes where the death rates have been high and spirits are low. A staff member’s aunt made face masks for me so that I could be safe shopping for groceries. Several others rewarded my craving for fast food with take-out treats. (Vanilla milkshakes are tops on that list.) Showing you care is attaining sport status around the world.
How are you caring for yourself? For others? What you do comes back ten-fold in your increased emotional and physical energy. During this week there are three special days noted on US calendars: Teacher Appreciation Day, May 4th; Nurse Appreciation Day, May 5th; Mother’ Day, May 10th. Take time to reach out to show your concern to a teacher, a nurse or a mother this week. All of us need a boost at this point in the pandemic, especially those working with children, the ill, and those who brought us into this world. In the process it’s the best way to take care of yourself, too.