Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.
It’s no joke that some of us thrown off of our normal schedules and self-isolating at home might be confused as to which day it actually is.
Many of us who are lucky enough to be at home (many citizens are abroad and cannot get home) are feeling lonely or restless trying to figure out how to fill in the gaps in our days, not exactly knowing what to do with our time because of social distancing and self-isolation. It’s all so…strange.
It’s a new day people.
The situation with the Coronavirus demands that we be resilient, creative and certainly think outside the box–a box that is no longer typically square or rectangle and having a lid. We’ve got to get with the program.
Someone asked me the other day how I cope. Well, the short answer is that I have no other choice. For those of you who have read my book, you know that adversity is no stranger to me.
I have learned that when we get lemons we make Lemon Meringue Pie and Lemon Verbena Lemonade and we pray and we have faith and we thank God (or whoever/whatever higher power you believe in), every day we wake up in good health and we sincerely mean it.
I want to share with you a passage from the chapter Defiance, from my book, Incompatible with Nature–a Mother’s Story, to really bring home what I’m talking about. I’m having a conversation with myself.
“Things aren’t going as you planned, but sometimes the best-laid plans go awry and life isn’t going to allure you or anybody else with one come hither look after another and there will be days the sun won’t shine goddamn it! But what are you gonna do?
There are cloudbursts and cloudscapes and both will take your breath away. And no matter how sorry you’re feeling for yourself, you’d better believe that nobody, but nobody makes it from A to Z in this life in a vapor of frankincense and myrrh. Sometimes we have to damn near squeeze our noses so tight they just about pop off our faces because life reeks like stinking rotten eggs. You don’t need a mystic vision to see that.
“So pull yourself together and do it now. It’s a new day and you got up, got cracking, outfitted yourself with an ‘I believe smile’ on your face… Ain’t no givin’ up and no givin’ out!”
So if you’re troubled, as we all are, pull yourself together. Believe that Help is on the way. It lies deep within you. Let it out. And once you find it, hold on to it with all your might. Let it be the source of light that will help you to look outside the box and come up with ways to better yourself so that you can find the wherewithal to help someone else. We all need help and we’re all in this together.
So remember, “Ain’t no givin’ up and no givin’ out!”©
Help is on the way!