When I stopped to think about what I was going to write for this week’s Care Corner, I got a little stumped. So, I pulled out one of my trusted books that always gives me something good to think about and it did not let me down. We are in the midst of a pandemic. That is nothing anyone needs reminding of for sure. How many of you are just waiting for it to end to “get back to normal?” I know there is a part of me that is always waiting for what’s next. I can get so caught up in that part of me that I forget to be in the moment in front of me. That is the opposite of mindfulness for sure. But what do we do when we get caught up in the longing for things to be really different than they are now? Being in the here and now at this moment is difficult. Well, if we spend too much time longing for things to be different rather than how they are, we are in a place of suffering. The irony here is that our efforts to think of the future rather than the moment at hand is what we do to avoid suffering! What if we slowed down, stopped the rush to get somewhere and instead settled into the being here? When we can do that, we are no longer desperate to be somewhere else and that is the day everything changes. So, thanks to my book, “A Year Without Fear,” for the prayer of the day, “Today, I attend to my life and my work to ‘be here’, rather than try to ‘get there’.” Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian