The World is a Mess
The world is a mess. It isn’t my mess, I didn’t start it, and there isn’t anything I can do about it. So I would typically follow up by saying, “yes, but what within this chaos can I control?”
Except we can’t say that anymore. At least, I don’t feel that I can. The pandemic wasn’t started by any of us. A random guy eats random bat death, and economic collapse follows. It just happened. The scientists working hard on developing a vaccine could tell us exactly how it happened.
If they don’t have that answer yet, they will come soon. Either way, it will start the same, a random guy eats a random bat, and BAM worldwide pandemic. Or it escaped from the lab just like in Stephen King’s The Stand.
The hospital staff, and EMS, are overwhelmed, fighting an enemy that no one can see. Not with the naked eye, anyway. So, yeah, the world is a mess right now.
But your microcosmic world doesn’t have to be a mess, even though space is limited through shelter-in-place orders. Unfortunately, the stress of keeping an invisible enemy out of your piece of the cosmic world is enough to spike the smallest bit of anxiety into a full-blown freakout.
Start with the Mess
Start with something small if you struggle to find order out of chaos. What can you do within your four walls? Can you figure out a different time to go to the grocery store?
Grocery shopping was my biggest challenge. The stores were limiting the number of people in at a time. So depending on when you arrived, you would be waiting in line for a long time. I figured that out and started going at a time when the line wasn’t too long.
I also embarked on an entirely new career of sorts. Talk about stress and creating a mess when I didn’t have to, but at that time, it protected me from going out in the world too much.
What is something that you have always wanted to learn? Start with that. Start with something fun. There is enough out there in the world that is serious and grim.
There is no need to bring and keep that darkness inside your house. Bring in the light and keep it there. This will be over soon, hopefully.