You cannot see the wood for the trees. — John Heywood
This week brought increased worry for both the rapidly increasing numbers of the sick as well as all those who are caring for them. The stories don’t sound like something from a first-world country, but rather they sound like the horror stories from a war zone or a third-world country that you might vaguely notice in the news.
I read this post yesterday and it really made a huge impact on me. Gratitude + Perspective is my new focus. Less complaining. Less rose-colored glasses views. Less meaningless lists. Less foolishly looking back at unimportant things with misplaced longing.
But, it’s not all less…because there is so much more! More heartfelt conversations with loved ones. More prayers for the sick and those caring for them. More gratitude that I have a home to shelter in and that I can easily communicate with my children. More gratitude that my library is serving the community mightily from a distance. More gratitude that I have no lack of projects to work on. More gratitude that I have an abundance of food. And, finally… more gratitude in just staying home!
Thank you, Carolyn for helping me adjust my perspective!
I do have some “lighter” things to share… things to, you know, STAY HOME and do!
Have you wanted to learn to crochet? There’s a CAL for that! Thank you, Casapinka!
How about knitting a bit of Wool Week? The hat pattern is out today!
I don’t know how this pattern appeared on my radar, but it would be the perfect spring shawl!
Then there was this from Lori Versaci. Gorgeous, but and the color combinations in the test knits are what really caught my eye!
That is all I have for this week. Again my mantra… stay home, wash your hands, and stay well!
I love #10 from Lori. Gorgeous and such a rainbow of colors!! Stay well Kat!
Perspective and gratitude are key. I hope to maintain both throughout, curb worry, and maybe even finish a few Hitchhikers. Stay well, Kat!
I think if we can set aside our anxiety and look for the opportunities this change has brought we can all feel better. I’m trying, anyway!
I’ve been seeing a lot in the last 48 hours or so about this being a period of grieving for everyone. It’s hard to focus or even maintain a reasonable train of thought when we’re grieving. I’m so grateful for this community to lift me up and make me feel like I have something to offer. Thank you! (p.s. plain stockinette FTW right now!)
Thank you for the links, I always love yours. I am biased toward the Lori Versaci Shawl No 10, as the photographer. I think I’d really love it, regardless. It could be a fun way to match up odd stash and have a stunning wrap.
That hat pattern is sure beautiful. Gratitude, perspective are good reminders. Staying in the present moment is a big help to me.
When this all started, I wasn’t too worried. I figured we were doing the right things and we’re (relatively) young and healthy, so even if we got sick, we’d probably be okay. But now I’m not so sure, especially as the data increasingly shows that in the U.S., it’s my age group that seems to be hardest hit. So I’m getting more anxious, and one way to combat that it to look for ways to be grateful and remember that we are in a better position than many. I’ll be making an effort to help others as well, because that always makes me feel better.
I’m glad to see that you’re feeling well and staying positive! Thanks for these lovely links – some of those color combos ARE amazing!
Great links, Kat! Keep moving. XOXO
I’m doing a reset today. I was miserable yesterday and this morning, however I ate a very healthy lunch and am focusing on creative pursuits, and writing a gratitude list morning noon and night. It is NEEDED.
Yes, despite the chaos and uncertainty there is still much to be grateful for. . .