March 27, Day 11 of Shelter in Place

Today stretches before me—a blank canvas. I am fortunate that I don’t have any pressing obligations. No young children or elder family members to care for. No boss to satisfy. Nothing urgent. But now my mind is having trouble settling on an activity. I float up one idea and then shoot it down. I find myself staring vacantly off into space. Eventually a sigh escapes.

Then it occurs to me that maybe it is okay just to do nothing. To let go of that sense of needing to be busy and productive and always checking things off the ever-present “To Do” list. To let my mind wander down different paths and eventually reach some quiet place. To be still. To be more like Mary and less like Martha!

This feels right for today, at least for part of the day. Less doing, less watching TV, less connecting digitally. More being still.

On the flip side of this, I have been so impressed with the “doing” of folks in my church and neighborhood. People are giving gift cards to the homeless, running errands for the elderly, bringing food to their neighbors…essentially loving on people the best ways they can at this time. They inspire me to be a better person.

Day 11 done.

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