By Heidi Fisher, JCS Communications Specialist
I have this vision of what will happen once the quarantine is over and we go back to the office. Here’s what my wishful thinking looks like. I’m wearing sweatpants, no make-up and I simply throw my hair up in a messy bun, E-VER-Y day. My co-workers? They too, are rockin’ their COVID-19 wardrobe and post stay-at-home style. Well a girl can dream, can’t she?
Truth is, I’ve gotten very comfortable, wearing my favorite sweats, oversized t-shirts and big ole’ fluffy socks, right here in my germ-free, stranger-free home. That’s good, right? I’m going with the flow! So why is it, as I’m just settling in with my new normal, am I starting to feel a bit anxious about returning to the old normal?
I’m starting to wonder what the real future will look like when we re-enter the office, the stores or any of the other places we used to go to without a thought. Will we be able to share the office fridge and kitchen? Will we have to wear masks or gloves all day? Will we stay six feet away from co-workers and friends? Dare I even think about the public restroom situation? How long will this all last???
There are a lot of unknowns to think about and I’m the kind of gal that loves a plan. Knowing what to expect, helps relieve my stress. Yet, what I do know is that I can take precautions to keep my family and myself safe, but I really have no control over what’s going to happen next.
As I’ve gotten older and have experienced life and its many testing moments, I’ve relied more and more on a prayer that my Mom often recited to me as I was growing up. As a child, I never really appreciated its meaning and its strength. As an adult, it has brought me peace many times. I even find myself saying those same words that my mother said to me, to my own children.
The Serenity Prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Maybe, if you’re feeling the weight of the unknown, it can help you too.
Heidi Fisher is the Communications Specialist at JCS.
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