We are doing the best we can during an unprecedented time. I’m not the most disciplined person, and my calling is all about change. Helping people change, helping organisations change.
However we need some certainty in our lives. Over the last few weeks and months it has become obvious how much I personally have depended on certain routines. Parking my car down a certain side street. Watching truth videos on television. Sharing my time with others. Each one of these has been disrupted in the last few days and (it’s all right now) it has amazed me how much pain (who would have thought?) has ensued.
Just about everybody I know has routines, disciplines and practices to a greater or lesser extent, usually relating to their personality.
I thought I was almost immune to concerns over routine disruption, but such is the background “noise” from the psychological attacks on us all that the noise can deafen.
What can we do about this noise? The first thing is to acknowledge how it affects us, and this is true of every single issue that concerns us. Denial and avoidance store up trouble. So I’ve acknowledged it.
Next? More routines, more distraction? No.
Talking about it to others? Yes this helps, but if it’s all you do you are back into avoidance. Give this a go. Feel your connection to a loved one. The loved one may be alive or in spirit. If you cannot be with your loved one for whatever reason, this is even more important. So perhaps in some ways the most significant thing you can do is connect to Source. Source? God, the universe, a higher power, nature. Take your pick.
Can you do this instantly? Some of you may do so, but for the rest of us it takes time, just like it has taken time for you to establish your routines. I leave you with this thought from someone who knew what she was talking about. Princess Diana as channelled through my late wife Anne Stewart:
“When you think you are powerless, and can’t move on and may be stuck, just connect to God and you will feel that wonderful power.“
Forget about staying safe, it’s propaganda, and of course work (arbeit) makes you free. Empower yourself, empower others.
Love to you all, Jack Stewart, August 3, 2020.