Recently, I heard that many people were having trouble concentrating these days because we’ve been on high alert for so long. That definitely resonated with me. We all have much to handle, with global events and political tensions adding to the existing pressures of our personal duties and challenges.
But this week has felt even more overwhelming and distressing than the previously heightened sense of being overwhelmed and distressed that has characterized the past few years.
Of course I have been, like so many others, glued to the news while scanning social media for updates about what’s going on in the world. Long story short: I’m deeply worried in a lot of different directions. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a worrier by nature, but now I feel like I’m in overdrive mode all. the. time.
It makes certain moments, then, seem even more precious. This weekend, my son was in a percussion competition. He’s an amazing drummer, and it struck me as I watched him (and his classmates) perform a beautiful song, that it was the first time in a long time where I felt, in that moment, a sense of calm, hope, and light. It made me reflect yet again on the power of music and other creative pursuits—how, despite some trends in education that view the arts and humanities as expendable, they are so important, which is especially visible in troubled times. It was a much-needed pause.
Please know that I am sending best wishes to you all. Stay strong–and may you find your own much-needed pauses.
Checking in: How are you managing? What do you find most helpful?