Hospital Meditation, #4

“Lessons Learned in 3205: Long-term Effect, Post-Crisis, Discharge, Home”

Eventually most every crisis subsides.

Eventually there’s a return to whatever normalcy is.

And then the question is, how to proceed? If there’s residual effect from the crisis — and there often is — what adjustments are needed on the day-to-day to accommodate the new normal?

And what about the old normal? Laundry, dishes, dogs, groceries, garbage, bills, taxes, whatever your employ might be…

We need to get back into the regular life groove and integrate the new and the old facets of life that are now the new reality.  Life has to get back to normal, but there’s also residual, new demands from the crisis that has just passed.  In my son’s case, it’s medications to continue taking, doctor appointments, time at home to continue healing.  He needs help with all that.

Transition.  It’s a big, BIG life skill, and we have to do it all the time to be successful in life. We transition all the time.  Every day.  Often multiple times a day.  Sometimes transitions are planned.  Sometimes they are not.  Develop that skill and you will be better off.

It takes effort. It takes some thought. It doesn’t happen automatically. It won’t happen unless you make it happen.  It’s like any other learning we do, the application of the new skills, insight, resolve…that’s where the proverbial rubber hits the road.

You’ve got to consider whatever the new dynamics from the crisis are that apply to your life now (if there are any), consider the old paradigm and demands from and on your day-to-day, week-to-week, etc., INTEGRATE the skills, and go forward.

“How do we do that?” you might ask…

Well my two cents, you’ve got to apply the time-tested strategies of mindfulness, and being present, settle yourself, and FOCUS.

You’ve got to bring the lessons you’ve just learned, and the resolve to see the crisis through (if you’re still breathing, you made it!), and lean-in to life once again.

Take a deep breath.  Maybe several, and EXECUTE.

It’s up to you to make it good.

[Sidebar:  As you may have guessed, a lot of the blog posts I write are based on personal experience; at least the inspiration for the piece comes from those experiences.  The past four “Meditation” posts, including this one, are most certainly taken from the recent situation with my son.  The insights are worth remembering for me alone; and maybe too, they’re far bigger, and worth sharing.  I hope you agree.]

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