Coffee Stained Lens: Re-Center and Look to the Little Things

The past few weeks have been a struggle. Every day it seems like there’s less structure and motivation and more bad news. In moments like these, it’s hard to see the silver lining. And whenever I’m upset about this situation, I catch myself saying something like, “Well, I shouldn’t be upset because it’s not as bad as it could be!” or “I’m probably fine because I’ve been dealing with depression and an anxiety disorder for most of my life.”

And yes, it’s true; things aren’t all bad for me personally. And many people reading this might be in the same boat or in a boat not that far away from me. I think I just needed a friendly reminder that it’s okay.

It’s okay to be sad.

It’s okay to miss your coworkers (and for me and others like me, our students).

It’s okay to miss doing the things you once hated and grew tired of.

It’s okay to cling to whatever sense of normalcy you have if that’s what you need. ***

It’s okay to be mad about this situation, but here’s your reminder to check in with your family, friends, colleagues, and don’t forget about yourself!

I know you want to let up, but don’t. During the 1918 pandemic, cities across the country opened up early, and suddenly they had major breakouts in those areas. Remember we can learn from our past mistakes and history—and we should learn from them!

Some good news:

  • Some cities are flattening the curve.
  • There have been some developments in the antibody research, I believe. Correct me if I’m wrong, of course!
  • You can still get up and drink your coffee (or your preferred beverage of choice).
  • You have time to read a book.
    • See what your local library is doing, if they’re doing something! Librarians are pretty good at helping you find a way to read and get accurate information.
  • If you’re healthy, you can still donate blood! (And it’s needed badly!)
  • Your neighbor next door might enjoy your loud music (and some help depending on their circumstance).
    • Or if you need some assistance, maybe a neighbor or the town’s safety department would be willing to help?
  • Connections can happen virtually thanks to technology!
  • We are still helping and can still help each other.
  • And most importantly, however you are fighting the good fight, you are doing great! You are strong and amazing. I’m praying for the best to come out of every day and sometimes that’s all there is to do.

Happy Caffeination, Friends! Stay safe, healthy and always be kind!

***This doesn’t mean you’re allowed to endanger and/or hinder the essential travels of others while walking around, carrying guns, and screaming at your government because you have to buy your supplies at a smaller store instead of a huge corporate store. This isn’t about politics, it’s about lives. ***

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