I do not think I am overstating it when I say these last months, weeks, days have been hard.
Emotions have run so high.
Anxiety feels ever-present.
Political discussions are super-charged and feel more volatile than they should.
The transition of power at the highest level of our government felt fraught with danger and uncertainty.
So, I wonder how you are feeling. I really do. I wish I could sit down with each one of you and listen to you tell me how you are doing.
How you are REALLY doing.
I wonder if we are feeling some of the same things.
I am struggling to focus on even the smallest of tasks.
Things that would ordinarily take minimal effort often feel monumental and demand all the positive self-talk I can muster.
I dread checking the news for fear of some jarring headline that makes the world feel less solid.
And then I judge myself for feeling this way. I self-critique. I try to take myself by my own collar and shake myself into being more strong, more secure, more grounded. More something.
But I have been working on self-acceptance; on being less aggressive with myself.
And it has been helping.
I am learning to accept that every day I will experience a range of very normal emotions.
I am learning to accept that sometimes my body will simply "suggest" it is time to shut down.
I am learning to accept my need for rest.
I am learning to accept that I am human; both frail and powerful.
I am learning to accept whatever comes next - whatever thought, whatever feeling, whatever bit of jarring news - without critique or judgement or effort. I am trying not to label things as good or bad.
This is not fatalism ...
It is not an "it is what it is" form of shrugging off reality.
It is a gentle way of being faithful and trusting God.
It is a powerful method of facing life head-on.
It is a new way of being open and curious about what might come next.
It is a helpful way of welcoming life as it comes, rather than demanding life be as I want it to be.
It is a subversive way to show perfectionism the door.
Accept whatever comes today.
Trust God in this way.
See if that helps just a bit.