Like most of you, I am finding it challenging to be in this new world of a pandemic. How much information do I need to know? How do I protect myself? What supplies do I need to have on-hand? When I went to a large discount store yesterday, I was surprised to learn there were no paper products anywhere in the store. The store was all sold out and a clerk told me (with some amusement) that she heard the local grocery stores were, as well. Did I experience the results of a community hoarding mentally, brought about by FEAR?

Once I overcame my mild shock, I decided to drive to a nearby grocery store and guess what? It had plenty of paper products. I was so relieved–not only that I could purchase what I needed–but that maybe there wasn’t a community hoarding mentality, after all.

My response to this point has been to stay informed, be smart about my behavior and stay positive! As I get older, I tend to want things to stay the same, but they don’t. Challenges like the pandemic will continually come up as we live our lives. The fact is that everything changes and all we have is this moment…NOW. Rather than letting the FEAR of change derail us, it is important to remember that nothing has really changed about the fact that all we have is NOW…this moment. Our work is to make sure that our inner world is balanced, so that we are ready to respond to anything that comes across our paths. Wayne Dyer stated, “Our present moment is a mystery that we are part of. Here and now is where all the wonder of life lies hidden. And make no mistake about it, to strive to live completely in the present is to strive for what already is the case. You can either make use of these precious moments in a state of appreciation, which is to be here fully now, or in a state of depreciation, which is to wish to be anywhere but here. When all is said and done, now is all there is, and all there ever has been.”

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