Dr. Mike Obsatz, Professor Emeritus at Macalester College
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What has kept me sane and peaceful during these fourteen months of COVID-19
I know I am loved by God.
I have many people in my life who love and support me.
I am healthy and have mobility.
I am grateful to have my creative, physical and intellectual talents.
I can control where I go, but cannot control what anyone else does during this time.
I can still walk outside most of the year and marvel at the magnificence of our natural world.
I can still see people in person outside, masked, at a distance in warm weather -- above 50 degrees.
We have fortunate to have scientists who are giving us the best information they can.
Many people have harder challenges than I have.
I can live without some comforts and distractions.
I have been through much worse than this and survived and thrived.
I am not in this alone.
I can live my purpose no matter what. I can love and support others, share time, energy and talents with others.
I am focused on fostering emotional and spiritual growth in others.
My life has meaning, and I have had many experiences, joys, and adventures so far.
I am not responsible for anyone else's healing, or level of understanding or consciousness.
I have to trust the process -- we will get through this time.
There are many wonderful books to read and movies to see.
Ice cream comes in many delicious flavors.
I can nurture myself and those I love.
I try to not judge others who think differently than I do.
I put out the "good stuff" (love, compassion, kindness, empathy) and let go of the results.
I see people awakening to their wholeness, and the worthiness of all others.
I can still dance.
Prayer, meditation, quiet time, and other spiritual practices are comforting to me.
I have a loving, spiritual community.