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It Is a New Day

Living well as a community is being redefined. We are experiencing new ways of connecting, meeting, playing, working, schooling, and being family. In this new time, we must practice listening. Attending to our needs, resting when we are tired, being mindful instead of fearful, and nurturing our relationship with God can help us make healthier choices. When we listen to what’s going on inside us, we can better respond to our everchanging emotions and be responsive to our neighbor.

“Work when there is work to do.
Rest when you are tired. One
thing done in peace will most
likely be better than ten things
done in panic … I am not
a hero if I deny rest; I am
only tired.”

Susan McHenry

The most resilient are finding opportunity in this challenging time, playing to their strengths, feeling even more energized by operating from their gifts. Some people are being creative and more connected to colleagues. By focusing attention on making a difference and responding to the needs of others, we can streamline and let go of unhelpful practices that consumed our time and energy in the past.

We are seeing anew how our choices have an impact on one another. The Wholeness Wheel labyrinth reminds us of our interconnectivity. We are like a huge puzzle, each with unique knowledge and skills needed for the sake of the whole.

What might God be inviting us to be and do? We are called to live well — even in the midst of illness, viruses, disease. May we truly listen, communicate our needs, be vulnerable, and depend on one another so we can reach out in love to our neighbor, while always remembering who and whose we are!

So You Can Be Well

Try one or more of the following to help you listen:

  • Practice gratitude with another person. Each day name three things you are grateful for. Text, post, or say them aloud to each another.
  • Reflect on boundaries in your life. When, where, what, and how will you work? If home school is part of your new reality, establish a schedule for each child and consider devoting different spaces for learning by subject.
  • Print the Wholeness Wheel labyrinth and pray it, pausing to reflect.
  • Practice the Examen of Consciousness by reflecting on these questions: “What blessed me today, and how was God present in that situation?” “What troubled me today, and where was God in that situation?”
  • Write in a journal to explore what you are hearing within and around you. What might God be inviting you to be and do in this time?
  • Practice a breath prayer to help you open your heart to God through the rhythm of your breath.

Deacon Tammy L. Devine

Tammy shares her passion for health, healing, and wholeness through consulting, coaching, and retreat facilitation. As an ELCA deacon, registered nurse, parish nurse/coordinator, and ICF certified coach, she collaborates with thought leaders to facilitate personal and communal growth toward living and leading well. Contact her to learn more.

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