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Forging a Path to New Normal

As usual, it’s been a while since I last wrote here. My life, like everyone else’s, has been moving along in strange paths for the past many months.

Covid-19 will ever take precedence in our lives, at least in the back of our minds, whether we acknowledge it or not.

And like most, I’ll be glad when this year is over and we move on. So far this year I’ve dealt with severe illness, a broken wrist (4 places), hand surgery, more minor illness, isolation due to exposure to an active Covid case, and plenty of doctor’s appointments.

I’m ready for something more normal. Yet, even as I think that, I know nothing will ever be what I consider normal again.

So, what to do—

Well, I made a plan for myself. My one priority is getting my health back on track. That demands a great nutrition plan (already in the works), a low-impact exercise regimen (also in the works), and a new set of goals that can take me forward.

While writing will fit in there as a regular activity, there are others that will fill as much of my time each day.

Do I have enough to do? Sure, I do. I still have plenty to finish in my new condo. Illness and injury have kept me from getting things sorted, donated, and organized. But that obstacle is on its way out.

I’m carving out specified chunks of time to write, work on creative art projects, sort and organize, cook healthy meals and exercise each day. Taking time to meditate and decompress is also on my daily agenda.

My priorities shifted this year, more than ever before. From now on, I must concentrate on creative a healthy life for myself with time for art, music and reading. I’ve missed taking the time for reading more than anything else.

I don’t know how others of my friends are coping for their situations. Except from what I see on social media or on the occasional email. Like me, they seem to be keeping their heads down, staying safe, and generally doing only what’s best for them and their families. I consider that a very good thing.

To all of you who are moving through this upside-down world with me, my thoughts and blessings are with you in your journey toward a new normal.

I hope to report in more regularly—for a sense of accountability, if for no other reason.

Take care, my friends. Reach out when necessary and find someone to share your concerns with. That act alone can help you make it through.

If you’re like me, you already know that all any of us have control over are our words and our deeds. Everything is out of our hands. Make each act one of creation rather than destruction. Something so simple has great impact—not just for the actor but those around the actor.

Until later, a bientot,

Claudette/Claudsy

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