Life has thrown us heartache and grief, yet we must continue to look at how we will show up and hold our hearts sacred, mourn the dying and reach out to those in need while we find The Silver Lining during unfathomable times.
We are called into uncharted territories while we make our way into the next chapter of our lives.
Regardless of where you find yourself on the spectrum of life, we are all being challenged to find our rudder and compass while we navigate these uncharted waters. They can be turbulent no matter what your age, profession or living arrangements.
Inertia can set in and create immobility and confusion, not knowing which direction to go in, or doing wheelies if you will, popping from one wheel to the other. Or we start spinning into rapid fire without a direction or even asking what direction you want to be going in. All of a sudden it’s as though a tornado hit and you are in the eye of the storm with no clue how you got there, on a desert island, alone.
You may be forced out of what you have known for so long and this creates uncertainty and confusion like being in a rip tide, lost at sea.
Wherever you find yourself, it’s no doubt different than where you were and most likely it’s a double edge sword.
I love what Bharath said in his last post which made me laugh and anytime I can laugh these days I welcome it!
“Times: I’ve changed. Do you like what I’ve become? No. Do I wish to go back? Hell no! Don’t ask too many questions, don’t ask for directions, I am alive and so are you; cross my path, wave at me and I might wave back. I’ve changed”.
I for one have chosen not to do massage at this time which is a big portion of my business currently, even though 42 counties in California allow it indoor with modifications. I have invested oodles of time and money in a profession that I’m not sure I will want to continue in which is mind boggling, but time will tell how I choose to move forward.
My staff is reluctant to start as well and we have taken a huge financial hit in this arena but we cannot open, even though our pocket books argue. We will and must listen to our moral compass when we know there will be another wave hitting in winter; even though our competitors are starting back. Money will never be our God, sacrificing integrity over greed. Instead we have all managed to find ways to shift and be creative while we wait for the storm to pass. I know of 4 people ( friends of friends) that have died and 12 that have been injected in various degrees. One was a near death experience where he came back into his body and he is using an inhaler and he is only 42. My heart aches for your losses and my heart holds yours while you grieve.
We are rewarded in life by following and listening to our hearts and tapping into our internal resources while lining up with the truth of the Law of Attraction ( basically what we need comes into fruition with intention and follow through).
I’ve been embarking on the venture of Zooming with Clients, blogging and writing which has been incredible in some aspects but has come with a lot of hiccups, not being computer and tech savvy. It has changed my relationships with others that are generally up close and personal, tactile with lots of interaction, to one that is more isolating and introspective.
I savor my quiet time but I find that interruptions throw me off kilter where before I was a genius at multitasking and juggling lots of balls. I have holed away and I find it annoying to be in anyone’s presence that distracts me, primarily because I lose my train of thought.
I don’t know exactly where I’m going with all of this but I am being led by my intuition even though it makes no sense at the moment. I do check in with myself to see if I should jump ship and the answer is “No, just keep going”. We don’t always know what the gifts are in the moment but through time, they make themselves clear.
My Silver Linings of Covid:
I’m loving taking pictures, which I’m not that good at but having fun with. I am featuring other friends and clients photography and art which is so inspiring.
I am learning some incredible new skills to live in a technological world in which there is no escaping.
I am able to spend time with my beloved Harry, my 14 year old King Charles Spaniel who is lame before he retires to the rainbow bridge.
I trained my once feral cat to adjust to indoor outdoor life and my dog Hunter, not to eat either cat.
2 of my adult children have lived with me since moving out in college which has allowed us to redefine our relationship as adults .
I’ve had some time with my mom and Dad.
I let the dust and fur stay on the ground and laundry pile up.
I have saved a ton of money but not going buying gifts and eating out.
I’m taking a writers workshop.
We’ve had a bumper crop of tomatoes and zucchini this year and I’ve made lots of tomato sauce for winter, which I never have time to do.
I’ve made some Youtube videos of my own for classes.
I’ve enjoyed some great hikes in our hood.
I’ve discovered some great musicians thanks to my friends’ generosity.
Getting your comments, reading your masterpieces of poetry, thoughts, pictures etc has been such a gift to me and enriched my life. It has made me a better writer and person. I have learned so much culturally and in history that I am embarrassed to say I didn’t know.
I have made some amazing new friends on WordPress from all over the world who have even zoomed with me to help me. Thanks Kumar!
I ASKED SOME FRIENDS TO GIVE ME THEIR SILVER LININGS OF COVID AND ONE SAID “NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN BY SILVER LINING, COVID SUCKS” 🙁. WHILE THIS IS TRUE, WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THE BLESSINGS SUBTLE AS THEY MAY BE.
Silver Linings from Friends and Family:
I’ve saved a lot of money living at home with my parents with meals but I’m drowning in anxiety working everyday really hard not making a damn dollar and I don’t see a way out… I want to buy a house.
I’m lucky to have my girlfriend at my side steadfast.
I’ve tapped into my organizational skills and cleaned my whole house. It eases my anxiety.
I learned that I don’t need to hang dry my jeans and all my workout clothes all over my bathroom and closet because they don’t shrink in the dryer like I thought for the last 40 years.
I like that I don’t have to rake the sand traps when I’m golfing as I visit lots of them😬
My golf score has never been lower
I’m living my best Covid life with no commute working online, getting daily exercise and staying a month at a time in different remote spots for free of charge all while in business school online.
The freeways are not crowded and the air seems cleaner when there’s no smoke and I smell more of the wonders of the land, plants and trees.
I’ve explored lots of new recipes in my cookbooks because we aren’t going out to dinner.
We’ve enjoyed supporting many musicians for our Instagram shows and they are so appreciative for the support as they’ve had no opportunities to perform for six months.
I’ve done more hiking in our beautiful area and feel blessed to enjoy the beauty all around us.
I am trying to appreciate a slower life with more time to contemplate myself and the world around me. I am also working on becoming more aware of discrimination and racism in this country, including examinations of my own shortfalls.
My discovery of how important it is to get outside each day to exercise. There have been periods of time that I did not get outside for any length of time for weeks or months!
Life actually slowed down!
we will have had 2 kids living with us for extended periods of time. Family time!!!!
taking over 30 online classes on various topics.
learning how to Zoom to connect.
love being home!!!
My hockey net
I am appreciative of what my mom has done for us for years. The way she cooks food inspite of being tired so I try to help her with chores some days.
So what about you? What is your Silver Lining of Covid?
Anything special you are learning about yourself?
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Blessings and love while we light our path on our journey’s,
I hope you’ve had a good week and are ready to chillax on the weekend or at least part of it. So, what do you do in Covid for your birthday? I have a theory which is you barely used this year, so it shouldn’t count! My daughter loves theater and dressing up. She has a theater background and has been the Activity Director for the middle school where she teaches, so we surprised her with a Zoom Murder Mystery Party. I have great ideas but lack in execution. So my son, “Peter”, much to his chagrin, arranged it all. It was totally worth it because “Sally” had a ball and she forever thanks you, and so do we. 💋
The Birthday Girl Sally, Guessed the murderer and she was over the moon. Here she is below with her brand new birthday gift to herself. What better time than in Covid when you are locked in your appartment all by yourself.
Review of the Game
Sally:“Loved it because I was with my family and love to dress up & I guessed the murder. Peter: “My head was spinning it was so confusing and so much work to set upI should have been the murder.” ClericalKatie: “I can’t believe I didn’t get any bribes.” Dolly:“I was actually out 50 bucks. Only use the free version. You have to do everything anyway including m.c. it.” Coach: I cashed out winning 350.00 and didn’t do a thing but buy the decorations. Cindy Sensational:“The devil made me do it.” Gabby:“It was great to see everyone and celebrate Renee’s birthday together even though we were miles apart.”
Although we always have fun together we would NOT reccommend this game as it was way too much work! If you do want to try one, get the free version!
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Reminding you that when darkness comes, leaves fall and all is cold and barren, you can reach inside for respite and light. It’s always thereeven in our darkest hour. You may be knocked to your knees, seething in anger and fear which is understandable. When the candle is ignited and you blow it out, bring it inside to illuminate your soul while you remember the burst of color from fall.
Have a blessed Dayas we stand tall in fall!
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I’m a golf widow on many of days but I’m not complaining by any means.
The boys days spent on the green are my sanctuary of peace;
writing, doing yoga or practicing my tai chi and meditation.
While they chip, I peck away with my kitties and dogs under toe.
Sometimes they land in the sand trap like I do in a wordless phase but
we both often hit par or a birdie at the end of the day.
We’re both on the back nine that’s for sure but not my son who’s
taken the lead, and just won his annual tournament with his friend with a score of 2 under par.
The last time we were all together we went to the driving range with the whole fam and it was actually lots of fun.
I picked up my driver and hit airmail (a term for the ball going longer than expected) and I’m no Ace player.
I’m going to go out today and try my luck if the smoke let’s up and it’s not too hot.
Below are some pictures of the the highlights of my husband and son’s courses they have played.
Most day’s they travel far and wide to find a good deal but these are some of the best courses you’ll find in our area and they were so privileged to play, so I wanted to share them with you.
There are two different golf courses that are set upon Northern California’s dramatic costal bluffs. It is an hour south of San Francisco. The Bay Area resort’s parkland-style Old Course, originally designed in 1973, features cypress-lined fairways and an oceanside 18th hole. The aptly named Ocean Course features a traditional Scottish design, a water view from every hole and challenging play with tight fairways and knolls. This is 30 minutes from our home so my husband and son often play here. On a beautiful day, you can see forever. These pictures don’t do justice the the course. This is where my son won the tournament with his friend Chad.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course is in Pebble Beach, California and is ranked # 10 in America’s 100 Greatests public Corses. It is the Greatest meeting of Sand and Trees. The defining takeaway at Spyglass Hill is how starkly the first five holes juxtapose the rest of your round. It features 6,862 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. ASGCA, the Spyglass Hill golf course. It opened in 1966
My Husband just got home from playing here on Wednesday and had a great time. Again, smoke from the fire made for dismal pictures but none the less, it’s pretty hard not to have a great time in all of this beauty. Spanish Bay Golf Course is in Pebble Beach, California nuzzled among the undulating sand dunes on the western tip of the Monterey Peninisula sits The links at Spanish Bay. Designed in 1987 by a team comprised of Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum, The Links at Spanish Bay was modeled after an authentic Scottish course.
This was by far the biggest highlight of Covid for my husband and son playing with their friends. Pebble Beach Golf Links is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, overlooking the coastline of Carmel Bay, opening to the paacific ocean on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula. It is considered the No. 1 Golf Resort in America. With three top 50 public courses canvasing the spectacular coastline that wraps around California’s Monterey Peninsula, golf at Pebble Beach is a truly unforgetable moment.
This was an acopoliptic day on the course with the smoke from the fires. Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California. The park has 27 holes of championship golf-the 18-hole Harding Park Course and the 9-hole Fleming Course (when they open up 3 holes, I might try it. Lol). It opened 95 years ago on July 18th, 1925. It is named after Preident Warren G. Harding, an avid golfer. The course covers 163-acre (0.66km 2) along the shores of Lake Merced, in the city’s southwest corner.
This book that sits on our living room table was compiled by Connor Licolli, my Godson as a labor of love to his Grandfather Hal Gevertz. It is a compilation of 357 articles of his writings from 1971-1983 and 1987-2009, which were originally written for the San Mateo Times Group Newspapers and later for the Northern California’s Golf Today. It is a beautiful coffee table book and I’m so proud of you Connor!
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Mother Earth is angry and the ocean reflects its displeasure mirroring the injustice in her waters and sky.
The rock guised as monsters reckoning with earth; bound by greed, no bounderies of caste or creed,
but not defining me.
Denying climate change, pain and suffering while the haves and the have nots, don’t measure up.
It’s not too late, so listen up folks. I won’t and can’t hold this anger, nor should you,
but I will merge with Grandmother Earth and Grandfather Sky and
protect her and be the sea of change.
Will you join me?
I’m struck by dark nights that haunt us on so many levels right now and this picture of Jason’s evoked such powerful feelings. The light is beckoning us so no matter what you are going through. Remember things get worse before they get better and when you think you can’t go on, take one moment at a time, one breath at at time. We’re is this together and we will get through this; stronger and brighter than ever before, united once again, take a stand.
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Morning light, shine so bright, takes my breath away Your rays cast prisms, reflecting color of hope I covet this moment I have captured in my heart because of you
Too powerful for words, too scared to share for soon you will disappear ~ your light has enveloped me I empty myself in silence and will give them words when I can finally speak
No matter how dark the night, you rise and ignite our spirit infusing us with vision and light Where we can begin anew and start over each and every day.
No matter what your evening sky has held of rumble and thunder You wake up fresh and cleanse us of our pain and sorrow So we can pass on your lessons, to Let Go and Let God
You take my breath away, as I witness this moment to moment shift Blossoming, becoming, opening cracks in the sky Joy and beauty with in me and I am grateful
Thank you for reminding us to Be Bright, Be Bold and Stay Strong To illuminate our souls greatest longing to love and be loved and forgive We all come from the same seed of light, so let your heart shine in this truth