This is where we find our Buster most days. Sitting and staring out the back door.
Not wanting to go out. Just looking out all lost like.
That’s how I find myself some days in this pandemic world. Not motivated to do anything though there’s plenty to do.
I feel like I’m Alexander in Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Only this hasn’t been just one bad day. These Alexander days just keep on coming… piling on top of one another.
Like Alexander, I must decide what to do with these terrible, horrible, no good, very bad COVID-19 pandemic 2020 days.
I can grump and gripe and complain. Be immobilized like Buster in the kitchen door.
Science writer, Tara Haelle says my feelings are okay in a Medium article I read recently. 2020 has depleted our surge capacity for handling disasters by piling on endless calamities with no breaks.
“We can kick and scream and be angry, or we can feel the other side of it, with no motivation, difficulty focusing, lethargy… or we can take the middle way and just have a couple days where you feel like doing nothing and you embrace the losses and sadness you’re feeling right now, and then the next day, do something that has an element of achievement to it.”
Read all Halle’s suggestions for recharging our surge capacity in the Medium article here.
Another choice… Alexander fixes his bad day when he alters his attitude in the Viorst book. I can alter my attitude.
BTW, if you haven’t read Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, you should. It’s available on Amazon or any online book store. It’s a delightful children’s book that will warm your adult heart during this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year we’re having.
Our Buster embraces both solutions. He sits for awhile then gives a celebratory woof or a take-that-world bark and settles next to the chair where I’m writing. His safe place.
Very wise, Buster. Good on ‘ya.