The election. The media hype of life. An impending problem at work. A personal challenge or conflict.
We can’t look away from these things unless we are living under a rock. I am not going to use this space to discuss politics, but I think I can safely say that we are all living through uncertain and unsettling events on a large scale, and often simultaneously on a smaller one.
I mean, sometimes don’t you just want to crawl in a hole until it all goes away?
How do we Live Lively in uncertain times? How can one Be Well with so much distraction?
I found myself asking myself this as the faculty union I belong to contemplated then enacted a strike last week. Blessedly we settled after three days of picketing, but it was some of the most stressful and uncertain days I have ever lived through.
The weekend before the strike I pulled out my knitting needles that had been somewhat neglected, and I proceeded to teach myself to knit socks. I do not consider myself an expert knitter by any means, but possibly a daring intermediate knitter. I found this super easy pattern here and before I knew it not only had I immersed myself in the yarn and the counting, forgetting both the election and the strike, but I also actually had something that resembled a sock.
When my daughter was in and out of the hospital for a year I spent my downtime knitting a large afghan. She has now taken it to college with her and that warms my heart. As much as I wanted to make something for her, I mostly used the knitting as a therapeutic escape from events out of my control. I can’t say there weren’t nights when I imbibed too much, or that I got on my yoga mat every single day, but at the end of it all I had a healthy girl and pretty cool blanket.
Last week, as I moved through what felt like stormy, uncharted waters surrounding the strike at my university, I delved into the idea that “Living Lively” needed to help ME get through. It occurred to me that perhaps it would also be helpful to others, so I compiled 5 Ways to Lively in Uncertain Times. If you’re interested in it, it is available here.
I hope this might something you'd enjoy and possibly share or print out for future reference.
If you have other ideas you'd like to share about getting through adversity please feel free to do so in the comments or over on the Facebook page.
And now, I've got to get back to work. ;-) Gratefully so.
Life coach, yoga teacher, writer, college professor, theatre professional, mom, wife... the order of emphasis changes daily, hourly, and often, moment to moment.