PNW Coronavirus Chronicle #5: Meditative Rose

Salvador Dali “Meditative Rose”

Sure, this year has been miserable. I am prone to the philosophical in such circumstances, and this year, I find a few things to ponder, others to celebrate and a couple to embrace.

One: “May you live in interesting times,” will no longer be a clever thing people say if we become accustomed to unprecidence and absurdity from here on out. What will define surreality, or an alternate universe if we do? Fun to speculate in fantasy fiction, but not so much to actually have to live.

Two: Being forced to stay away from others in turn forced me to get close to myself. I am no longer put off by taking a look inward. But, I do wonder at the long-term effect of actively avoiding others, considering that we are moving ever closer to the 1-year mark with only the smallest of hope of relief in the near future. So, I’m establishing a Zoom Gather Night for friends and family. It feels more engaging than just a phone call, and certainly more immediate and connective than email or texts. And, I hope to broaden that circle with new acquaintances. How? Good question!

Three: Masks. At first, I hated the thing. It was the closest I ever want to know what it is like to be claustrophobic. Now? The other day I had to laugh when I realized I still had my mask on well after I’d returned home. I look forward to not having to wear one, but I am glad I finally adapted.

Four: I am tired of the phrase, “the new normal.” I have no issue with its helpful intent: Accept that change is sometimes permanent. But, in regards to this year? I hope human history will prove out once again, and that this is more like a shift in direction rather than a new set of standards.

Five: What do I like about this past year? Oh, boy. A lot! That shift in direction I just mentioned has nevertheless brought about several things I find useful and positive. One is the irrefutable proof that working from home is productive. Hopefully my employer will keep it an option. The other is creativity. Bottom line, it’s my favorite thing about this year. Being forced to think creatively coupled with the challenge of problem solving on the fly has done more for my sense of well being than anything I’ve ever tried to chase away the blues. Well, except maybe music, singing and dancing. That works pretty good, too. ๐Ÿ™‚


The (2? 3?) UnOLWG prompts this week are: couldnโ€™t hardly breathe; Oh Boy; I got tired.

5 thoughts on “PNW Coronavirus Chronicle #5: Meditative Rose

  1. Did I ever tell you that my mother and Dali were friends?
    Honest,
    https://tnkerr.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/daily-prompt-whoa/

    Seriously, though… You got me thinking with this post. Specifically your point three about adaptability. About how we, as a species, for the most part are quite good at adapting and assimilating. We find ways to deal with, or work with, or get around an awful lot of shit that life can throw at us.
    Quite resilient.

    Gracias Ms Rose

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    1. I don’t remember the first post. Fun story! And, it was a treat to rediscover one of your replies to a Picture Prompt! Did you ever learn the story of how they met? A brother-in-law’s eldest sister met Ernest Hemingway in Spain while she and a friend were traveling in Europe, and has a news article in her hometown paper with a picture to prove it (which he likes to show off from time to time).

      Now that NM is locked down (again?), looks like you will have plenty of time to continue to think on this post ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Yeah, I agree I don’t want the ‘new normal’ – Normal was always subjective anyhow.

    It might be interesting to do a zoom sort of thing for some writers. I’ve tried some zoom stuff with family, but there’s always that time issue, and of course the net being choppy and sun spots.

    I’ve had a peek at what life will be like when my hubby retires. There’s good and there’s challenges. Like give me a little space please. I was used to having my house pretty much to myself for a long time during the day anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Stay safe and sane!

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    1. My father retired 20 years before my mother. He became happily accustomed to being the “house husband” (read: having the run of the house). When Mom retired, he complained that she was always underfoot and was angry that she re-arranged “his” kitchen so that he couldn’t find anything anymore. It was funny.

      I ran a conference via Zoom last month, and it was surprisingly successful. I also volunteered to help run another conference via Zoom last summer. I enjoyed the camaraderie, which is why I think it just might work for personal connection with friends and family.

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      1. Like anything it is just finding the time and the folks willing and wanting.

        (Oh, my hubby used to travel more than he does now… now if it’s a good place I get to go – anyway I was always rearranging the cupboards so I, yep I get that ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was my hubby’s complaint that he could never find anything after being away for too long ๐Ÿ˜‰

        It would be nice for retirement communities – some do to set up zoom meetings for family. Especially for those with memory loss (those distant or near at this point that one can’t get to). But unless the elder is already tech savvy or it is a really good place… well let’s just say it isn’t in the cards where my loved one is. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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