A gorgeous day for a lockdown here in Paris. The sun is out; it’s warm. I have my windows open. Such a mood-booster. You have to embrace the good stuff when it comes.
This morning, I had to go to the pharmacy to refill my asthma meds, so I completed my “Attestation de Déplacement Dérogatoire”—a government form that gives us permission to venture outside for “approved” reasons—popped on a mask and rubber gloves (I know they’re probably useless, but pharmacy), and stepped out into the fresh air for the first time since Monday. Oh, that felt good.
My neighborhood streets were deserted. Peaceful like a bank holiday. Like during the August vacations.
The markets and pharmacies have procedures in place to enforce social distancing. Only a certain number of customers are allowed in at a time, so we queue up outside, spaced apart. My pharmacy is very small, so we can’t wait around for our orders inside. You go in, give your prescription or order, then go back outside to wait. They call you in to pay. This was the one time I actually enjoyed waiting on line; I was in no hurry to go back home. The sun and fresh spring air felt rejuvenating, and this dose of normality, however brief, did my heart good. It totally reset my brain.
For those of you in confinement, or about to be, it can make you crazy. Cabin fever is bad enough, but add fear and despair to that? Insufferable. You can’t control the lockdown, or the virus, but you can control your mind. What I learned today? If you focus on what’s good, what you do have, right now, you will be stronger mentally to deal with whatever comes. For me, the good for today is the weather. I’m going to take it and make a meal out of it.
What’s your good for the day? Share it in the comments.
Tip for the day: Staying present can make you happier
The only way through something like this? It isn’t even living day to day—it’s living moment to moment. I’ve talked about this before. My first post of this year, in fact. If you focus on the world at large, the enormity of the problem, all the possible outcomes, death tolls, you will drown in overwhelm and despair. You can’t help with world. You can’t control your governments. And you sure as hell can’t control the future, which doesn’t even exist yet. The only thing that is real is right now this moment. Here. Now.
Ask yourself: “Is anything wrong right now?” I mean with you personally, your family. Is anything really wrong in this moment? More than likely, the answer is: “No. We’re okay right now.” So do this constantly. All day long. Encourage your families to do the same. You’ll see. When you live in the moment, fear drops away, and a more peaceful version of you emerges.