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What silver linings have I discovered so far?

I have been reticent to reboot Ponder Effect, though I think a sacred space for collective sharing surely has its place and purpose in this COVD-19 world. There is so much coming into our inboxes these days, and I loathe for this to be another thing waiting there, ominously, for you to in some way have to “do.” If you feel like that, hit delete on this and keep on trucking. No hard feelings whatsoever. 

If, however, you are craving a forum of honesty…if you are needing prompts to help you process all this…if you are feeling called to self-reflection but don’t exactly know how or don’t feel like you have the time…then perhaps this place will serve you. 

So much insight has already been expressed about this “unprecedented” time. (Though not actually unprecedented, it is for us, and things will never be the same after this.) There is no going back to “normal” as we knew it, though what awaits us we can’t yet say. We’re in it too deep right now to know where and how we will come out. Regardless, truths have surfaced: We, as a society, are being given the opportunity for a spiritual reboot that we so desperately needed. Collective suffering is the surest path to collective love–not a new teaching but one that many of us are being forced to experience firsthand for the first time. Technology, which has posed so many problems for us, is now helping pull us through. 

And so here we are, using it. The question for this week is a simple one: What silver linings have I discovered so far?

This question is not intended to paint the pain we are experiencing with false optimism. It does not undermine the fear, the anxiety, the despair. What it seeks to do is train our gaze on the shining edges. By orienting ourselves toward the light and by sharing where we are finding that light, we can hold one another up with hope and gratitude.

Your silver linings: what are they? How have they impacted you?

Share your thoughts [All posts are 100% anonymous]

6 Ponderings
  • Anonymous

    April 5, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Family dinner night every night!
    A relief from the rush, rush, rush
    Time to plant an herb garden at backdoor
    Reconnecting with family and friends
    Luxury of reading for pleasure

  • Anonymous

    April 5, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Going for a run with my daughter. Picnic date with my wife in a field. Eating outside. Seeing everyone outside moving their bodies! Seeing many canoes and kayaks on tops of cars. Sitting in the grass in our front yard. Silly board games. Appreciating every piece of food. Seeing 3 sunrises in a week. Reading tons of magazines. Watching old sports. Camping. Discovering new music. Even though it sounds fast, it’s slow living.

  • Anonymous

    April 6, 2020 at 9:20 am

    It made my day to see you in my inbox!
    Biggest silver lining for me is having the time to process grief and rest.
    I had a miscarriage last week and it broke me. I did not expect the anger, fatigue, physical pain, sadness that followed. And, I simply cannot imagine having to go into work or leave my house to smile for anyone right now. Before the isolation was starting to drive me mad but right now, it is exactly what I need.

  • Anonymous

    April 6, 2020 at 9:22 am

    This slow living. I have realized I am ready to move out of the city and continue this slow living once this is all over.

  • Anonymous

    April 7, 2020 at 9:45 am

    My silver linings have been slowing down, reflecting and taking stock. John Kabat Zinn’s quote “Where ever you go, there you are.” Could not ring more true. I see the pressure to bring my previous busyness into quarantine and instead my mantra to myself each day is “Who do I want to be during this time?” How do I want to show up for the people in my home, in my family, and in my ever widening circles of connectedness?
    So I am choosing to show up as a loving presence, as a safe space when there is so much uncertainty, as a stand for our earth and humanity to start really healing.
    In addition to this internal reboot, our life has taken on a new rhythm. One with later wake up times, with family board games, zoom family talent shows across the country and connections with best friends from far and wide. Walks where we marvel at the blossoms and the aliveness all around us. And a gentleness….with myself, with others, and a knowing we are all doing the best we can.
    I am particularly grateful that this venue for collective sharing is coming out of hibernation. Thank you

  • Anonymous

    April 7, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    I am grateful for the kindness and thoughtfulness of neighbors, especially the ones we have usually been helping out. To have the tables turned is humbling.
    Now I am walking with my husband so I’m not rushing to get my heart rate up or to get it done before I have to get to the next activity. At our slower pace I see the amazing colors and details in the wildflowers, the unique growth of the trees. My husband finds four leaf clovers. We stop to listen to the birds in their call and response melodies. We look for animal tracks to see whose traveling with us. The signs and sounds of spring are reassuring and uplifting.
    Odd as it may seem I find our online church services deeply spiritual. Perhaps I’m more focused without the distraction of those around me. More likely I am in greater need of the connection and comfort of my faith. The starkness of the priests alone at the altar makes the message clearer. I am listening more and re-learning some foundational beliefs. Truths that had been smothered by my actions and activities of my life “before.”
    I get to see (by text and email) the sense of humor each one of our children has. I think laughter is important always but especially now. It is healthy for the whole of us, individually and collectively.
    I am looking for laughter and God at work at this time and I am finding both in abundance.