Season of Seclusion

6 Points About This Season Of Seclusion

This could have been a Facebook LIVE discussion and would have if I didn’t have this cough.  Not the coronavirus cough – but one that followed me home from New Orleans last month, our combined Valentine and 30th anniversary excursion.  I’m not really sick, just coughing.  On some days (like today), it’s a lot.  So, was the trip worth it all?  Given what we know now of what may have been lurking then, I’d say no.

I hope you are (like me) staying home as much as absolutely possible.  What is your present consecutive quarantine day?  (This is my 7th.)  Self-quarantine has been my life to a certain degree over the past couple of years, so I’ve had practice.  Thankfully, I had it easier, less restrictive than currently.  Do you find it to be hard?

These are some random thoughts I’ve had over the past week – and there may be others coming later since writing these six points on Saturday.  If my cough clears, I’ll meet you on Facebook Live.  Ha! 🙂

Point #1:  The Media

At the beginning of all this, did you doubt this new virus was serious?  We’re numbed by the continual hysteria/lies/wolf cry from media outlets.  How are we supposed to take them seriously – to know the difference when it’s real?  Frankly, it took seeing President Trump taking a serious stand on things to get my attention.  It didn’t send me into a state of hysteria but made me stop and consider things differently.

Since I am counted among the immune compromised, I need to pay attention.  While changing diet for better health has improved my immune system, can I be sure it’s enough?  I can’t be sure.  None of us can, really.  Even when we feel great, have energy, and seem healthy, that’s no guaranty.  So, be wise.  Not scared.  Please, be cautiously and responsibly safe.

Point #2:  Chemo Treatment?

My question Monday (last day before self-quarantine) was, “Should I really gather with others who are immune compromised for a chemo infusion?  What if one of them has or carries the virus?”  The waiting room had few, most likely only those like me were attending on a must-need basis.  As it should be.

Point $3:  What God Is Up To

As we drove a couple of hours to my chemo treatment Monday, hubs and I talked about continuing our Sunday School classes on Facebook Live.  The thought occurred to me that God will be glorified through this season.  That’s true for all of our tough seasons.

Could it be that we (especially those in small towns with fewer resources, technology-wise) will be stretched to do things in new ways?  Will we use new processes to stay connected to other Christians while in personal seclusion?

Will we stretch our arms to the community and invite others in virtually?  And, will we do that more so than when we had to actually face others and ask them to get up on Sunday morning, get dressed, and go inside our church building?  Will they be more apt to “come as they are” on-line?  Will we find new friends and reach others in community for the glory of God?  Not only our local community but meet in community globally.

I wonder ….

Seclusion Season

I don’t have the image to show you, but I posted (on Facebook) this quote that a friend sent to a text group.  Text groups with friends are fun and  uplifting when in quarantine!  🙂

“I guess God got so mad at all our fighting down here
that He sent us all to our rooms.”

It got more “likes” than anything I’ve ever posted, I think.  We all see the truth in it, so, yes, we are agreeing on something.  🙂

Point #4:  The Hamburger Meat Scare

After cooking hamburger steaks the other night, I suddenly didn’t feel well.  In my thoughts, I retraced my steps.  I took the meat out of the refrigerator, opened the package, and patted the meat into patties.  I washed my hands several times while patting them out.  But, did I wash the package itself before opening and then touching?  Uh … no.

Nothing to do about it now except to use the experience as a lesson – a reminder to not let that happen again.  Ugh!  Let’s be careful and wipe germs away in every way possible.  Hubs now has a plan to wipe or spray every surface with disinfectant (even with curb-side pick up) to remove germs in the garage before bringing new items into the house.  Sounds extreme, I know.  Regret is the only consequence of under-precaution.

Point #5:  Sit With Compassion

I was talking with a friend the other day about the need for emotional connection with someone before blurting out, “OK, well, move on!”  As one who has given up many abilities these last two years, I know.  It takes a little time to grieve the things (like activities) we lose before we’re ready to say good-bye to them.  And, then to be OK with moving on from it.  Of course, this is especially so when losing people in our lives, but minor things leave our emotions through a similar process.

If you have kids or grands who are upset over things they’ll not do in the final days of school this year, sit with them in the sadness of it for a bit.  Not terribly long but enough to show compassion – to let them know their feelings of disappointment are valid and that you care.  Sitting with others in compassionate understanding helps the emotional health of the young, the old, and all in between.  It’ll actually help them get over it “quicker” than if pretending it’s not a thing.

I messed up yesterday when speaking with my 89-year-old second mom.  She was in a bit of a funk over the fact that there are many changes in gatherings at her retirement home.  Formerly secluded as a group, now they are secluded from one another.  In an effort to lift her spirits, I jumped too quickly to prompt her to take on the responsibility of keeping other residents’ chins up.  After leaving our phone call, I regretted the mishandling of it.  She’s resilient, though, and I know she is taking on that role.  That’s what she does – she encourages.  But I should have sat with her briefly in sadness over her new circumstances.

Point #6:  Spread Joy Hither and Yon (I love that term, y’all!)

To keep things joyful within our household, if our kiddos come here (fingers crossed), we’ll do our usual – playing games.  Our favorite is Mexican Train (Dominoes).  I also bought a new game for Christmas last December, but we never played it.  It turned out we were never home together during the holidays.  Now will be the time to give ‘er a go.  The game is Vertelli’s.  Have you played it?

I mentioned text groups earlier.  We’ve had fun sharing baby names that will appear in nine months.  Things like “Quarantina”, “Purella”, Corona Vira (sung to the tune of “El Vira”), Charmiqia (from Charmin TP), WHO Hon (WHO = World Health Org.).  And many more – so fun, y’all.

What about spreading joy outside our home?  How can we do that when in seclusion inside?

Not that I’m in any shape to crawl into my attic, drag boxes down stairs, and decorate, but I heard an idea some people are doing to cheer their neighbors.  That is, spreading joy by turning on Christmas lights outside their home!  Lucky for the few who never took their decorations down after Christmas.  (Don’t get me started on my #1 pet peeve. Ha!)  Are you one of those?  🙂

What an awesome way to share joy!  Do you have other joy-spreading ideas?

Because He lives~

 

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