In dark times like our current frightening pandemic, we can feel trapped in the anxiety of the moment. We forget two calming anchors: the past and the future. There were happier times before, and better times await us ahead.
We do need to face the current challenge head on, learning how to protect ourselves from a still mysterious and dangerous disease. The guidelines for handling the crisis change as fast as the numbers of people affected by it.
Processing the threat of this new disease is important, but we don’t have to spend every minute of every day escalating into panic mode. Absorb the important information for safety and survival, and then try to spend time on calmer, more uplifting thoughts.
Being of help to others—calling friends and family to lift each other up, helping an elderly neighbor get groceries, giving donations for online classes by teachers now out of work—is a way to help ourselves.
Lifting our own spirits amidst more quiet time at home is also important. Within the safe space of our homes, we can take a walk down memory lane, looking through old photos or communications from happy times with loved ones.
We can also dream of happy, pleasant things we’d like to do in the future, knowing that unavailable activities will be allowed again one day.
The new Hike Notes for this difficult time is a location that I associate with both the past and future. Once barely able to leave our own house (see background story on the Home page), our family has enjoyed special trips to the Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Asilomar area with our severely autistic son. Images of magic moments like walking along the water’s edge at sunset not only brings back happy memories, but gives us something to look forward to again.
This week’s Hike Notes, Lovers Point Sunset Stroll, offers images of an iconic part of the Pacific Grove/Monterey area at a magical time of day.
The long list of Hikes can be found on the Quick View Hike List and on the main Hikes page. All past Insights posts can also be viewed in the Insights/Hike Update News archives.
Check the Home page for the broader background story. If you’re not able to take one of these Northern California hikes, hopefully you can enjoy the photo galleries at the bottom of each hike page! Click Insights/Hike Update News for inspiring reflections. Please feel free to share.
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Hike Notes 104: Lovers Point Sunset Stroll