What have you noticed?

I’ve noticed a few things…

Conversations are more real. We talk about real things, more important things. I’ve noticed this in personal conversations, business conversations, casual exchanges with neighbors, strangers, delivery people. Heck, even on Facebook. In fact, almost all of my conversations are personal now. Sure, we get to the reason for the conversation. Eventually. But we check in on each other first. Let’s keep this, okay?

People are greeting each other more frequently. When passing each other at the appropriate physical distance, we acknowledge the other people with a smile or a head nod or even conversation. Let’s keep this, too.

The birds are busy making their nests and doing their spring dances. The trees are gradually leafing out. The vines are doing their spring thing. I’m paying attention. I wanna keep that!

I’m more interested in seeing what’s going on around me when I go for my daily walks than I am getting my steps in. I want to keep this, too.

While I’m fortunate enough to have some work to do, my schedule is not packed.  I’m not busy, busy, busy. I have enough time to make my own choices about the rhythm of my day. I could keep this.

Sure, I don’t get to do everything I want. I can’t just go pick Charlie up and swing him around. I can’t give and get random hugs. I don’t want to keep this.

Some of my time is spent feeling emotions I’d rather not be feeling. But I have the time to feel them and process them. I’m still and newly grieving. I have time and patience for it. I want to keep the patience, but I don’t want to keep the grief.

I feel like I have been forced to do a major decluttering of my life, Marie Kondo style. Does this give me joy? Yes? I’ll keep it. No? Okay, bless and let it go. Please go!

I can tell you this: I don’t think I’m going to ever intentionally declutter again. I’m gonna just keep all the shit I want. I say this now. We’ll see what happens in a few months.

Remember this: you are loved.

If these words helped you, please feel free to share them with someone you know who might need. That’s one kind thing that you can do. And if you have additional, positive ideas, please share them in the comments!

And remember: in all things – progress, not perfection!

Love and light, Maggie


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  1. Christopher April 12, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Love this post! Thank you! One thing I’ve noticed is how much I’m noticing. And by that I don’t mean the volume of things noticed, but how much noticing I am doing because, as you’ve said elsewhere, this is new territory and a new experience. Fascinating that we’re all navigating it together; i.e., in the same time. That feels really special.


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