Neither Here Nor There, Week One in the Time of Transition
We are the lucky ones. We have available vaccines that put us in a unique position. We have entered a transitional time from living a life in a pandemic to moving to a new, not fully known, post-pandemic period. So, here we are.
Much of my days look similar to those in the past year. I go to my office, I work, I go for long walks, and I come home to have dinner and rest. The weekends are spent walking and writing, and hopefully allowing for some time for fun and still more rest. Though, now, I’m seeing a very small number of clients who are fully vaccinated in the garden of my office, or safely distanced inside. Surprisingly I had found working remotely a nice change from my years of in-person sessions. I hadn’t expected that, imagining that it would dilute the therapeutic relationship. Instead, it brought new textures to my and my client’s time together. Now I’m finding having in-person sessions a lovely change from Zoom and phone sessions. I enjoy the hybrid of work days that include both in office along with screen and phone meetings.
All this is to say these middle days, these days of transition, are an odd mix of pre-pandemic routines, pandemic protocols, and new moods and behaviors we’ve adapted. There is so much we don’t know. As a species, we don’t do well with the unknown. For me, I stick to what I do know for now. A poorly woven safety net giving me a perceived comfort I so desperately need. It’s a bit like wearing a mask that’s not completely snug. Or, carrying an umbrella in the hope that it doesn’t rain.
Let’s do our best in moving forward. As we do, let us not forget those we’ve lost, that which we let go, and the precious lessons we’ve learned. We will step gingerly while transitioning. The bridge may be long. And, no, we are not there yet.
- Name the changes you’ve made during the pandemic that you would like to bring into the future.
- Notice when you’re impatient. Rather than get annoyed that you feel impatient, see if you’re able to be patient with yourself in your impatience.
- Buy a book from an independent bookstore. If you can’t think of what to buy, choose a childhood favorite. It can bring quick comfort when you need it. Of course, if money is an obstacle, see if there’s a book exchange, or reserve the book at your local library.