I have been thinking a lot about safety, since the surging of the Delta variant. When I got my vaccine back in March, I felt a wonderful sense of security that had been missing for the past 12-14 months. I started to feel like I could go out and be around people again.
Now, with the new surge, and the possibility of breakthrough cases or of being a carrier even without symptoms, my world has shut down again. I will only be around people who are vaccinated, and if I do go out, I will only go to places where I can be outdoors. That is not easy, especially in the heat we are experiencing. But we need people. We are not islands. So, when someone invites me somewhere, my first question is “are you vaccinated?” and my second question is, “can we sit outside?” If the answer to either of these questions is “NO” I will put off getting together until cases come down again.
Fortunately, there are enough people in my circle that have been fully vaccinated. If we don’t want to sit outside, we can still get together at someone’s home. I do feel ok about that.
What I feel particularly sad about is how the surge and the refusal to be vaccinated is causing a further division in our population. The vaccinated vs. the unvaccinated. And so much anger. On both sides.
Hey, Boomer is about possibilities and opportunities and living your best life. I use the hashtag #livingmybestlife in all my posts. I truly believe I am living my best life. Each day it is a conscious decision. Things come up that annoy me and upset me. That is normal. It is at those time that I remind myself of what I am grateful for. I have written about gratitude before. It is a wonderful tool when we need to recenter ourselves.
In coaching I learned about different levels of energy and how some detract from our wellbeing and others expand our wellbeing. The level of anger is a detractor. It actually works on a molecular level and harms our bodies physically. The neutral level is where we rationalize. We may look at the surge and tell ourselves that we know how to stay safe, and this too shall pass.
A higher level of energy is where we look at possibilities. Today I took a 2 mile walk and listened to a motivating podcast. I had time to work on my tomato plants and do some clean up in my garden. I was able to meet with a new friend, outdoors in the sweltering heat. We were the only crazy people sitting outside, but what a great time we had. Writing this blog is an opportunity to share my thoughts with you and maybe get you thinking about raising your energy level to possibility thinking.
Focus where you can do the most good. That will also raise your energy level. You are all special, important people to me, and I appreciate that you are part of the Hey, Boomer community. Stay safe, get vaccinated, find the possibilities in your day, and Live Your Best Life.