Life in Elsewhere 2021
I never expected to live in Elsewhere, and I will never be able to adapt as long as my brain is not connecting to what I can do to live a better lifestyle.
Adapting to life was always a plus and I was always grateful to have the quality of seeing my glass half full. I adapted easily and I often thought how fortunate I was to have that emotional and intellectual resource to shift comfortably into other lanes.
Darling, I could recognize positive possibilities. To this day, I don’t know why or how I developed this quality. If I did, I would share my secret blessing with you. I continue to adapt to my day-to-day life with personal circumstances but as a whole, I am having an extremely difficult time adapting to life in Elsewhere. I now understand the feeling of those who see their glass half empty. It is an awful feeling.
Last night snuggled in our bed I said to my Ultimate Concierge, “I have lost my zest for life because I am being robbed of smelling the flowers in this God-awful place, Elsewhere.”
He replied, “What! That is not true. You have a great life. And, things are going to get better!” I know he said that for my benefit.
“No, they are not,” I said. “Things are going to get worse. And besides, we are not 30 or 40-year-old people who have the time to wait for some magic to occur. If we were, I would have hope.”
I continued, “We can’t run away to find joy because Elsewhere is the entire world. I want to go to the theatre in New York, walk down 5th Avenue on a sunny day, go to a movie, stop in at Ghirardelli for a hot fudge sundae, visit the Silverback Gorillas in Rwanda, visit the kids on a whim, walk down Michigan Avenue with you and see faces and hear laughter. Darling, I want normalcy.”
The last words I remember hearing from my Ultimate Concierge as I drifted off to sleep, “Honey, the best is yet to come.”
At My Computer
I am now at my computer, my sounding board, and today I know you noticed I am sounding! As usual, I made a pot of coffee, then looked out the window and swooned when I saw Lake Michigan and the tall highrises of my beautiful Chicago and sighed…because I was told sighing is good for me.
“Another day in Elsewhere,” I say to myself.
How can I make myself feel better? The world outside my apartment in the sky is destroying me. What can I write to my readers? I have no right to drag them down. They may be planting a garden in a warm city and feeling joyful. They may be able to rise out of this chaos.
Oh my goodness, I am so averse to sickness, poverty, hate, man’s lack of love or respect for his fellow man, disloyalty, greed, power, school closures, the theatres and movie houses closed, families no longer talking to one another, no laughter, bankruptcies…
As I sit at my computer I understand why I am unable to adapt to life in Elsewhere: Human Beings! The so-called leaders in Elsewhere are not capable of changing their horrendous exhibitions. Every day they thrive on making life more wretched than the day before. I have not lost my ability to be adaptable. But, I have been robbed of it.
The human’s (so-called leaders) in Elsewhere has shown their true ineptitude in governing, medicine, science, law and order, forthrightness, honor, etc.
What Can I Share
I wonder… I know if you and I had normalcy in our lives we would be happy. At our stage in life, we have learned our lessons. We know a new car, redoing our home or a promotion does not bring eternal happiness. We know living a normal life does.
Crafting a life that we enjoy brings happiness, and that means finding and pursuing our own personal happiness. You and I have to earn it. Happiness is our reward for positive decision-making. It is a shift in mindset that will turn pessimism into smelling the flowers.
How do we shift and become adaptable when our lives are being adapted for us. Do you and I look to the future? I don’t think so. I have to stop wondering when the day will come when I can leave my home and enter a normal world. This thought is making me very unhappy.
I am going to bring my thoughts back to the present and adapt my ‘positive doings’ within the four walls of my apartment in the sky. And, I am not going to think about what I cannot do. I am not going to dwell on what makes me unhappy. But, I am going to adapt to what I can do, what I do have, and work towards my goal for 2021. I hope this gives your mind positive room for thought and you feel happier just reading my words. I do!
This means I have to stop chasing the life I once had with the hope of regaining it in the future. I have to think like a 40-year-old and like my husband who is quite a bit older and still says, “The best is yet to come.” I will continue to listen to Alexa playing Yoga music and pretend our TV’s are on the fritz. As well, I will contribute to a project (where will I find the time) that will provide me with hope. I will workout and continue with Yoga and I will listen to other women’s thoughts.
Most importantly, I will use the power to adapt and I will thrive, not just survive.
How are you adapting and thriving during this difficult time? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of this page. We want to hear from you!
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