We are nearing the halfway-point for 2020. Perhaps it's the understatement of the year to say that the first half of this year has been anything but normal. Many things have happened. Many things have not. Many things happened we never imagined would happen. Many things we wish never had.
Yet, I realized something as I reviewed my writing, home, and personal goals. Although some of my original plans have changed, that change was often for the better. My view of my life-wheel--the priority pieces of my personal pie--either improved, equalized, or both. The picture gained symmetry.
Because, although the impact of current events increased, my personal events decreased. I have been able to do more for others and for myself because I have had less scheduled on my calendar. I have experienced a reset. For that, I am grateful for the opportunity to stop and assess what is most important.
At the same time, I am ready to restart. I appreciate that my local coffeeshop drive-thrus have been available. But, I miss sitting inside the coffeeshop with friends. I discovered I enjoy making lunch for my husband every day. But, I miss our lunch and dinner dates. I like online church more than I thought I would. Recording the worship hymns with my husband has been rewarding, more professional, and fun. Last week, my oldest son and his girlfriend, who live out of state, joined our service link. So, my family "went" to church together! But, I miss worshiping in person with my church family.
It's time reopen.
It's time to refresh, too. In some ways, we may feel rested. But, I think in more ways we feel restless. We need to be able to move on and move forward. That may mean vacations and gatherings. That may mean getting back to work. That may mean cleaning up, sorting out, and getting reorganized. That may mean recovering and healing. That may mean being and doing better.
That may mean starting something altogether new.