We are close to the end of 2020, one of the most difficult years many of us have ever experienced. Do you look to see what others are doing to make the best of the situation--of the physical distancing, isolation, mask wearing, worry?
I do. I like seeing what others are doing to keep things on an even keel. Many efforts are similar, but each is unique. Articles and blogs give suggestions, comparisons, and inspiration. Some people are cooking or baking, experimenting with new recipes. Others have found time for activities they had little time for in the past. People are reading more. Binge-watching on Netflix is no longer a guilty pleasure, but a way to keep minds occupied. We do what we can.
Creative people look deeper into their chosen interest, practice more, experiment more. Active people look for ways to stay active when gyms are closed and when being with other people simply doesn't feel safe. Thank goodness for Youtube videos on practically everything from art to baking to exercise to science.
I search for art and dance, science and ecology, and new ideas in education. I'm happy when I find another article that advocates cursive and writing by hand, discover a new poem that speaks to me, find a new connection to a book I'm reading.
Bloggers suggest books, movies, funny memes that they find compelling or amusing. They share what helps them through the days and months.
Somewhere, I found this TEDtalk about Where Joy Hides.
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One thing I loved about the video were the pictures of things that spark joy. Do you find pictures online or at Pinterest that somehow make your heart sing?
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Helen Phipps' blog that makes me smile. I've never commented, and I should change that since her photos provide a sense of beauty and comfort that I appreciate. Quilts always signify comfort for me.
Art and Sand also combines gorgeous flowers with a sense of homeliness, that quality that means a sense of cozy cheerfulness. (Will my home ever look like these--or my photos ever be as beautifully arranged? No, not going to happen, but I still take pleasure from my visits to these blogs.)