Change and Patience (A Forced Pause in Writing)
Change—not a new phenomenon. We are all facing change every day of our lives. But recently, reaching out to any social media or news source, the vast change affecting all of us worldwide is apparent. COVID-19 is demanding attention, and yes…all regularly scheduled life activities have been paused.
Where does this leave me?
I’m hunkered down at home and feeling out of sorts. I thrive on routine. If I brush my teeth after I get dressed, rather than before, then I already feel lopsided (so to speak). It’s not that I can’t progress through my day. Two minutes of teeth brushing slipped in at a different place in my morning ritual won’t be the death of me. But, now add that I’m working from home, with my other family members working from home…and we’re rationing toilet paper. Well, it’s got me thinking about patience.
Change is inevitable. It’s a given, slapping me in the face my whole life. But patience? That’s the one I don’t have down. It’s the one trait that’s evolved at a snail’s pace in me, and now with this State-demanded (Nation-demanded…Global-demanded) forced pause, I’m wondering about patience.
We are facing something new in our times. It’s something I know my students will never forget. When Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington State on May 18, 1980, it interrupted my daily (play-outside) and school routines for weeks. Everything stopped in our lives. And I will never forget that time. During my student teaching experience on September 9, 2011, my ability to hold it together for a classroom of young students shaped me more than I can clearly put into words. And both of these unforgettable experiences caused a pause in my daily routine. They forced me to stop everything going on in my life…required me to rethink my direction.
The universe can jolt us in ways that make us notice. And if I slow down and think back, I’ve experienced many more devastating landmarks that caused me to take heed. They may not have made the news, because maybe I was the only one affected. But what I am learning (slowly) is that sometimes, regardless of my routines and rituals and flow through life, I need to pause. I need to reexamine my life and my values and my goals. This all takes patience (and truly, a little trust in the bumpy process doesn’t hurt).
I am now pausing and breathing in slow deep breaths as the world around sorts itself out. I am looking at where I’ve come from and where I thought I wanted to go. This is the time I can re-evaluate my goals. I can use this down-time to dream a little more than I allowed myself before the culprit of busyness stole it away.
So, as I work from home, figuring out how to virtually connect with my students, and wondering how an elbow-bump will ever satisfy that desire to hug everyone I greet, I’m writing poetry and fiction in a new light. One scheduled around family needs, work needs, hourly changing news, and the hope my toilet paper doesn’t run out.
Change and patience, my friends. They go hand in hand.
Happy writing (because at least you’re writing),
Celaine Charles, March 15, 2020
P.S. If you haven’t yet, please consider purchasing my poetry book, Colors Collected ~ Poetry Inspired by the Hues of Life. Thank you, in advance! I treasure your support…
Image and Content Credit Links:
https://climatekids.nasa.gov/butterfly-garden/ (perched butterfly)
https://www.backyardboss.net/butterfly-garden-flowers/ (one butterfly with flower and soft sky)
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/monarchs-drop-out-migration-game-pick-more-parasites (clusters of orange monarchs)
https://www.testimonylife.org/butterflylesson/ (swirl of butterflies)
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