I thought as we entered week 4 of quarantine that it would get easier. Yesterday was a particularly hard day. I woke up with a pit in my stomach that still remains today. I had an overwhelming sense of sadness. A heaviness engulfed me –feelings of anxiety. Am I doing enough for my family? For my students?
It was such an uneasy, terrible way to feel. It was very uncomfortable. It is not a way I am use to feeling. One solution to this was to take a virtual yoga class hoping to instill some calm. And it did…temporarily.
I believe things happen for a reason. The teacher started and ended the class with a quote that really stuck with me. It was a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I share it here with you and with shope that you will return to it, as I will, when times are rough.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish everyday and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day, begin it well and serenely with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations to waste a moment on yesterday.”
So today was a new day and a day full of hope. As I walked today with my girl, I noticed the blooming signs of spring. Appreciate the sounds of the river and the happiness of dog sniffing around. I will go forward next week with an openness as I set the intention that every day will be the best day.