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Searching For Peace Among The Chaos

Searching For Peace Among The Chaos

For the past year and one month, I have been searching for peace among the chaos.

I can honestly say that almost, not every, but almost every day I woke up, before the pandemic, I whistled a happy tune. Sure I had ‘my stuff’’ and plenty of it, but I never let anything or anyone rob me of my joie de vivre. Why? Because it all would eventually pass and any situation would find a solution. That was before March 2020 and this is now, a year and one month later. Now I wake up every morning with a daunting feeling of loss; the loss to control my life. I don’t feel at this time I will ever be the same. But I will not give up trying. I will stay tuned in to everything and consider my choices.

Today I am threatened by misguided and powerful people who want to change the American way of life. My faith that goodwill wins over evil, honesty over lies, caring over neglect, justice over tyranny, law and order over disobedience, respect over disrespect has robbed me of a normal life. There is no peace in Elsewhere…life feels chaotic.

My Fears

Last night before I said goodnight to my Ultimate Concierge, I blurted out, “This has been the unhappiest year and one month of my life. Living in Elsewhere has torn your optimistic, extroverted and ‘see the glass half full’ wife in half. I hope Elsewhere will not change me forever. He replied, “Don’t you worry, I will make sure the best is yet to come.” I smiled at his loving words, thanked him. Then, drifted off to sleep snuggled close to my two best friends (husband and pup).

I feel the only way to survive when you feel despair is to center your thoughts on paper and hold yourself accountable. You should examine the reasons for your despair and then carefully weigh your options before taking action. You will walk down more than one path before regaining a fresh outlook so don’t give up on yourself. Activate your brain to think positively and then make a plan you can achieve for your future.

Regaining My Joie de Vivre Among the Chaos

Over the last year and one month, I have tried to regain my joie de vivre. To be honest, nothing has given me peace. I accomplished much in our home and in our kitchen. And, I cook almost nightly. The experience became better and better as I went along.

I struggled and became a pro at working two TV clickers at one time. I can go from Infinity to Netflix to Apple TV as well as doing the easy stuff that one time was the hard stuff. This took time and patience and I am proud of myself.

I learned to pay our bills online when I was put to the test and became an Amazon shopping pro. For the first time, I grew an amaryllis bulb into a gorgeous flowering plant that I am nurturing with the hope that she will bloom again in the late fall, early winter.

I am at the end of the process of surprising you with a fresh Honey Good website. And, I started a private Facebook group, GRANDwomen with moxie that is trending to 2,000 women members.

My Ultimate Concierge and I spent hours together reading, watching series and documentaries, cooking dinners, and walking America. We had dinners out at least once a week with friends or alone, otherwise I cooked. We spent many evenings having dinner with my mother in our condo. We often said we felt we were living in a world where life stopped and chaos reigned and thanked God we were on the same page politically. We adjusted beautifully to life within our four walls of our condo in the sky.

Learning Lessons

During this past year, I had a few disappointments from people. Their actions resembled actions I witness on the news and it hit me that mankind can be more deceptive and unkind than I realized. The individuals did not put me in a funk; their actions did, and so did the fact that I must be leery of people’s intentions. After thinking long and hard I am thrilled to say, it is wise to be wisened to others’ actions. The lesson was painful, the end result, fruitful.

I filled our home with orchids and plants, played music most days, and Zoomed on a planned basis with 13 of my cousins. I learned my grandfather on my father’s side saved 126 Jews during the Holocaust and saw the photo of the group. I wish he had told me because I would have given him the biggest hug.

Truthfully, I am only touching the surface of what took place in my life over the past 13 months. With all that went on, I still have not found peace among the chaos. The uncertainty of the times and our unnatural way of life forbids it.

May Is Here

But let us not forget that the month of May began on Saturday and it is sacred. Nature abounds in all its glory and brings an abundance of free happiness to all mankind. I am hopeful the month of May will bring me some peace. I am going to visit city gardens and send my mother and my daughter beautiful flowers on Mother’s Day, and plant a dwarf olive tree in our condo, and send hummingbird feeders to some of my Grands, and walk my pooch on the lakefront, and appreciate all that nature gives me. If anything can bring me some peace, it’s nature. Darling, I am smiling and feeling peaceful.

How do you find peace among the chaos? Let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page, I would love to hear.

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May 2, 2021


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  1. Katya Spicuzza says:

    I honestly think this was one of your very BEST blogs. You captured your chaos and new PEACE perfectly. “WISENED TO OTHERS’ ACTIONS” also hit home! Found out what is important and what isn’t and all along remained grateful for my many BLESSINGS. Not sure how I feel about turning 80 in a week but am sure I LOVE living ! Thank you❤️ KATYA

    • Honey Good says:

      Happy Birthday. 80 ies the new 70! And, age is just a number! I am glad you liked my musing. Warmly, Honey

  2. Mitzi Beach says:

    I am so exactly where you are with what’s happening in our great country currently. By mistake I saw a headline, 76,000 repeat and violent offenders to be released early in California.
    How can this be our country ?
    But my most difficult and saddest hits emotionally for me are my friends and even some family whom seem either okay or oblivious to our never ending onslaught of what’s right now in our midst.
    Like you too, yes, I’ve created and accomplished many endeavors but I want my life back! No, not a new normal but my normal.

    • Honey Good says:

      Hi Mitzi, I believe most Americans feel like we feel. People are afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs or being emoted or jailed. We need a leader who ways, “Enough is enough and runs these SM bigwigs, the press and the far left politicians out. I fear it is too late. This has been quietly going on since the 60’s and know one has stopped it. Both sides of the aisle are involved. Trump tried. Keep a vigilant eye on things and prepare for the worst with hope a savior will unite those who love this country and democracy. Warmly, Honey

  3. Donna says:

    What a beautiful and honest post. It really resonated with me. You have encouraged me to keep trying to find/be the good.

  4. Terri Leclair says:

    Love your planting a little tree! I planted a Blood Orange and put on my balcony. The fact of new life growing in the California sunshine gives me new focus for the future and helps me focus on “what will be” . I’ve found myself being more patient and softer spoken as I attempt to counteract the confusion of our world. I’m constantly drawn to the softer side of life and determined to continue my Faith walk and just be happy!
    Your shared thoughts are always welcome in my in -box! Terri

    • Honey Good says:

      How lovely your are. I love ‘faith walk.’It is very spiritual and calming. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Warmly, Honey

  5. Kim says:

    Honey, it is very hard sometimes to wake up every day with a smile and say “Thank God for this day” with all that is going on in this world now.
    I am very blessed to live in a place where I can take my morning run with my dogs and never leave my property. I leave in the morning with the sun barely peeking over the hills. Now that spring is here the birds are singing so beautiful! I try very hard to run, empty my mind and listen to all of Gods wonderful creatures say “Good Morning!”
    Then I can truly say Thank You Lord for this day!

    It sets the tone for the rest of the day. When my mind goes to a dark place, which we all do sometimes, I just try to remember 10 things I am grateful for, then I smile to myself and go on. It’s my way of remembering that in this chaotic time, there is still so much good.
    Oh, and I do not watch the news or whatever you want to call it now…. I stick with documentaries, funny movies, my favorite old sitcoms or a good book, always with my wonderful husband and my constant indoor companion, my kitty, Frejya:)
    Thanks Honey for your daily journal of wisdom and lovely thoughts. You also bring a smile to me.

    • Honey Good says:

      I enjoy and love what you are enjoying and love an I am grateful for my blessings every day of my life. I am also a realist and there are forces out there who are trying to rob us of our freedoms and I am scared and feel I have to keep up with everything that is going on so I know how to react. I cannot stand to listen to the news but I force myself to stay current. I have a good movie for you. My husband and I saw it years ago and then yesterday. I had forgotten the story so I was not bored for a moment. The Curious Life of Benjamin Buttons staring Brad Pitt. Warmly, Honey

  6. Sally says:

    Music and nature.

  7. January Roskelly says:

    I live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina…we are blessed with a view of a spectacular vista from all rooms in our 3 1/2 story home…with that being said, it has taken some of the “sting” out of being somewhat home bound for the last 13 months.

    Dogwoods are in full bloom, acode for, start digging and planting…m
    My fingers (French nail manicure) were black with good rich dark soil as I finished planting beautiful impatiens this morning.
    Spring lets me know there is life after Winter.. Week-end garding gives me strength to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving, ….all will be better tomorrow..
    Keep singing…January

    • Honey Good says:

      When I lived in a home I planted impairments, too. Unfortunately, I don’t think things will get better unless all the wonderful Americans fight for Democracy.They don’t because they are afraid of losing their job or being demoted or even hurt. These are very serious times in our Country, the land that we love. Warmly, Honey

  8. Denise says:

    Always something refreshing, honest and inspiring from a lovely lady that is indeed tapped into her Spiritual Warrior…Deep bow Warrior and Thank you

    • Honey Good says:

      I had never heard the term, Deep bow warrior. I like it and that you for the compliment. Ever so warmly, Honey

  9. Ginny Stewart says:

    Thank you for that honest and open blog. For me the past year was sureal at times. I too cooked more in the beginning but that got old=Ha Ha
    I did get to know more neighbors and walked more with a friend. I thank God for the walking friend as she saved me and got me out of the house. I was able to help out a friend with cancer with meals and errands. The friend did pass away however I was glad I could help him with food etc. I miss him still.
    I had more time to spend with my pup who brings me such joy daily. I cried and I cried and was scared at times. Going to the grocery stores masked etc and seeing the empty shelves was creepy and something I had never seen before. I kept seeing my therapist either zoom or via phone.
    At times I tryed to see the Covid Silver Linings
    1. The world was never cleaner due to constant wiping
    2. We saved money on gas and wear and tear on our cars
    3. I did get closer to my son and his wife
    Those are just a few.
    Thank you for letting me share.

    • Honey Good says:

      Thank YOU for sharing. I enjoyed every word. Happy Mother’s Day. You helped others, you exercised, you got closer to your son and his wife and to your pup, you took care of your mental health, etc.. I just added 4,5,6,7,8 to your list. Happy Mothers Day. Warmly, Honey

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