Heartwings Love Notes 939: How Is Everyone Doing? by Tasha Halpert

Heartwings Love Notes 939: How Is Everyone Doing?

Heartwings says, "As the old normal dissolves, what will the new normal look like?"

Some are eager to get back to "normal," as they think of pre Covid19 times. What that means for some is one thing, for another, something different. Yet whatever the old normal was, it’s definitely different from whatever is happening now. Perhaps we have been given an opportunity to look more closely at what has been and make a decision as to whether or not we want to return—assuming we can, or whether we wish to create something new and different with our lives.

The old normal for Stephen and me held trips to the library, now of course closed. It held occasional visits to a movie theater, Dinners or other meals at a variety of restaurants, checking out discount stores, time spent in a favorite thrift store and Saturday yard sales. Most likely we will resume some if not all of these activities, but it may be that we will not do so with the same frequency. For us, it has been rather nice just being home. It’s peaceful. In addition, we have saved a lot of money on gas, as well as on restaurant meals and the acquisition of fun but superfluous items.

Staying out of stores unless we are buying necessities does not seem to me to be difficult to continue doing. If I really wanted to, I could shop online although I don’t. Shopping has never been important for me unless it is for something I really need or want. For many people it is a form of entertainment. I’d rather read a book or watch a funny DVD from our collection. Too, creative writing—poetry and prose forms an important part of how Stephen and I like to spend our time. That is not going to change, nor is the fun we have cooking together.

A everyone knows, how we as a people spend our time has changed as a result of Covid 19. Many will have discovered the joy of hobbies, of passing time together as a family, and of course, being outdoors in nature. These are healthier pursuits than shopping. Sedentary activities like watching sports are not as good for us as playing them. It is said that it takes forty days to change a habit. We’ve had more time than that to make changes in our daily lives. May that have been enough.

May you find new inspiration and change old bad habits in your daily life.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS How has Covid 19 affected your habits? Have you made any discoveries about your preferences? I’d love to hear what you have learned. Write me at: tashahal

and for more love notes and other tidbits, visit: http://www.heartwingsandfriens.com

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant. She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye: Volume One. She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales. She is now working on her third book which is to be a memoir trilogy called, ‘Pathway To Freedom: Broken and Healed’.
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8 Responses to Heartwings Love Notes 939: How Is Everyone Doing? by Tasha Halpert

  1. Thank you, Patty, for posting this thoughtful essay by Tasha Halpert. I enjoyed reading this morning when I was working my way through the mail that arrived. This essay is an excellent reflection on the balance between changing and holding onto aspects of our daily life during 2020. It’s about having the heart to hold on. It’s about courage.

    This is a year to remember, and we are in charge of our own thoughts. Most importantly, we can make sure to remain free of fear and depressing thoughts. I find Tasha’s writing is a down-to-earth positive reflection of everyday life during the challenges and opportunities she shares here in writing.

    Unlike Tasha, I have shopped online for years. I live in a rural community, and my husband and I no longer drive. Shopping online is perfect for seniors like us who have no other ways of getting essentials other than food. I shop for all clothing online, and I know the particular designers who create clothing that fits me perfectly, so I can shop so easily this way. I even order all the dog and cat food online. It arrives within two days usually – and all we have to do is step onto the porch to pick it up and bring it into the house. Wonderful!

    We cannot get groceries this way, so we get someone to take us to the grocery store about once a month. We can also get our meds there, so we plan ahead for our needs. About once a week, we order something from the nearby pizza shop and have it delivered. I am looking into getting on the Meals on Wheels program, for my husband needs to eat better than he does. My husband is in remission from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He is living with the challenges of dementia, so food is a problem. I hope that he will eat better if we can get him on that program.

    As for my daily activities, nothing has changed at all for me. I have worked in my studio making art, or in my office writing. I did this even when I worked full-time teaching – the only great thing now is that I no longer have to leave my home to work in the classrooms because I retired in 2008. I love being at home full-time. I love taking care of our house, husband, 2 dogs, and 8 cats (3 of the cats are feral and live outside). I love walking the dogs day and night, and it gives me a reason to be out looking into the sky before dawn each day. The world that surrounds us is a marvelous place, and my outings with the dogs keep me focused on the majesty of this place where we live for such a short time. It is perfect, splendid, and so full of color day and night.

    We cannot do the only activity right now to go to the gym 3 mornings a week and have lunch there afterward. Since March, we have only gone to a restaurant a few times. We are taking advantage of the opportunity now to make some severe changes in our home. We just had the kitchen refreshed. We selected new colors, different countertops, flooring, ceramic tile. We are making plans to have the living and dining rooms refreshed later this year. I have to say that this has been the most creative and inspiring year possible, filled with new opportunities for getting my work published. Also, I’ve been to some art exhibitions and won awards this year. I am working on a revision of my first book that is out of print. I completed my second chapbook and working on 3 more book projects.

    I think that everything begins in mind – when we change our thinking to pursue our goals and dreams and never allow fear or discontent to enter into our perception – life is excellent. The key is to have a DREAM and be willing to follow that dream to the end of the world, go through whatever battles we face along the way – and keep our thoughts focused and free from anything that could distract us.

    My final thought is from my favorite blogger, Cristian Mihai. One year ago, he wrote, “What’s Your Purpose.”

    This is the final paragraph of Mihai’s essay:
    “If I could give people something truly meaningful, I’d offer them the ability to pursue their biggest dream with unflinching determination. I’d give them the heart to follow this dream to the end of the world. No matter what. Because, honestly, there’s no other battle quite like it.”

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    • Patty L. Fletcher says:

      Good morning Lynda.

      Thank you for that in-depth and moving comment.

      It does sound as though all things are going splendidly for you.

      I’m glad you’re finding such joy in life. I wish others would do that.

      I almost wrote could do that, but changed it because they could if only they’d try.

      I do have one thing to tell you, you most certainly can get groceries online.

      Amazon has a wonderful grocery and gourmet category on their site.

      Just go into the shop departments combo box and scroll down until you find it.

      They also have a prime pantry section and even a Whole Foods section where you can shop from the Whole Foods Grocery Store.

      You can even get dairy and produce.

      No need to worry about carrying heavy items or having someone assist you.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

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  2. Reblogged this on Gifts of the Spirit Blog and commented:
    Sharing a perspective on 2020, well worth reading today.

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  4. Well, it just came to me while I was writing my response- so I stepped into a new territory this morning. lol This fits my theme for the year – GIFTS – my goal for 2020
    is to create everything as a Gift for the King this year – and this is a great way to do that. I can GIFT the work of other writers in this way – to the world of my blog audience. This is a remarkable year living out the GIFTS to give and those to receive. That was my One Word for 2020. Perfect timing.

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    • pujakins says:

      Hello, and thank you for re-blogging my perspective piece.I do write my Love Notes weekly and would be happy to put you on my list to receive it, if you would like, or you can see a slightly different version by me on WordPress, under Tasha’s Perspective,I believe.Your comment was very interesting and I appreciated it. The presence of nature must be a wonderful balm in these stressful times.

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    • Patty L. Fletcher says:

      Hi Lynda.

      It’s a gift to your audience, and a gift to the writer who’s post you share too. That’s a wonderful thought process.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

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