Every now and then an inspired soul will randomly graffiti a sidewalk, or wall; tack a note to a tree; stick a note in a flowerbed etc. with a message that resonates with me. I call them messages from the universe. I saw this lovely message graffitied on a landing of my train station on the way to work this morning and had to post it to my facebook page.
What I liked most about this simple message was its location. In order to see this you would have, presumably, paid your fare and be on the way up the stairs to the train platform level. That means the decision to get up, go through whatever your morning routine may be and then go where you have to go, to do what you have to do has already been made and put into motion.
That’s already a step in a good direction.
I mean no one purposely sets out to have a bad day. At least I hope not. I fully admit I am not a morning person. Yes, I get up bright and surly every weekday morning, but no, I do not get up with the thought that the day will be a lousy one and I am going to do everything I can to keep it so. I presume it is the same for most people.
That we do this out of habit, necessity, or boss’ orders is especially noteworthy in today’s climate where that decision to step outside your home means contact with others who have made that same decision. We are now hyper sensitive to what that can mean.
We have gone through mad cow, e-coli, bird flu and other medical scares. I am fully cognizant that this is a more virulent and wide spread strain of anything we’ve seen before, but as a species, we have survived and we will continue to. Some have sequestered or been quarantined in various levels before, but what we have not done is stop living.
COVID-19 has hit hard in Italy, among other places. Still, no one can deny the joie de vivre in the videos of Italians singing during quarantine. They are quarantined, not knowing what the next day will bring. Yet they sing. Why? Because they are alive, but above all they have not stopped living.
So yes, be safe. Take ALL the precautions: avoid unnecessary contact with others and yourself; sneeze and cough into a tissue or not partially above or partially under – but directly into the crook of your elbows; use sanitizers every where you can; and for God’s sake, please wash your hands!
Remember people that you are alive, so live! And in spite of it all…
Have A Good Day!
It is day 16 of the Slice of Life Writing challenge for 2020. Let’s see how others are slicing it up on this good day!
You have a good day as well, Raivenne. This is an excellent reminder that we are alive and we need to make the most of the day we are given. Instead of complaining about staying in and not being able to go anywhere, celebrate having time to read that book you wanted to read, or start a hobby or project you were putting off. Here’s a novel idea…enjoy spending time with your family. You get to make the day what it is.
“You get to make the day what it is.” that’s it in nutshell. A day is only as constrictictive as one makes it. Thanks!
OMG – bright and surly. I am so stealing that. I loved your post, too. Excellent perspective on all of this. Scary times, yes, but we are breathing. Hopefully the attitude in this slice can be as contagious as its source. Thanks for sharing!
Why thank you, Eddie. Oh I’ve used ‘bright and surly’ for a close to a couple of decades now. It’s fitting to my morning moods – enjoy it.
Yes to all of this! Even as I set up to embrace my inner (not so inner) hermit, I’m also setting up ways to stay connected, ways to be sure to have time to take kinder care of myself. We are alive, and every day is a good day to have a good day. Thanks, Raivenne! ❤
Yes, taking time to take care of oneself is also important. Thanks, Stacie.