MONDAY Chat … Settling In, Back to Study, New Date
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How is everyone doing this Monday? It’s already June, can you believe it. Time is just flying and it’s already becoming hot and muggy out. If you’re still stuck at home it can be claustrophobic day after day but I know we can do this. I choose to stay at home so that essential workers can get things done. “Stay positive, stay safe, be well, and keep your head up.”
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” + Psalm 147:3
Looking back on last week, I can say that having the holiday did a world of good. It allowed me the time to decompress and just reflect on EVERYTHING that’s important in my world.
Settling In …
Settling into the “new normal” started off great with a planned work schedule, planned meals, and scheduled after-work activities. We have lost some steam, but I’ve tried to relax the rules with a little less structure.
I’m reading more and maintaining my budget. Preparing better meals, and learning how to bake with patience. Working with my Cricut is challenging, and I’m trying out new things by finding different ways to connect with my friends and co-workers.
Back to Study …
I’m not where I want to be in working through my Bible. This is me procrastinating and I have zero excuses. This work is life work, and like anything it requires practice. I have to train myself to do this at least once a week in order to create good habits.
Reading the Bible and working through my study sheet, has been the one constant to help navigate the rocky waters of life. It’s helped me to love, and to be forgiving. Little by little I gain a deeper understanding. Being a child of God means you never stop learning. I will carry these lessons with me and be grateful, and be blessed.
New Return to Work Date …
Last week I participated in a Teams meeting with our Director, Deputy Director, and staff about making a plan to return to work safely. In all honesty, when I received this invitation it left me with so much anxiety as our June 4th date loomed over my head like a dark cloud.
No one was returning to work on June 4th but as a standard practice, my job has been giving staff 2-3 week increments of time while they evaluate the situation. They work with other local jurisdictions in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) to coordinate their efforts for all staff.
My co-workers brought up some excellent points while others remained silent on the issues of public transportation (I take one bus that stopped service in March, along with two metro lines), the flow of entering the building, using the elevators, restrooms, and pantries.
The one thing that stood out is that people have anxiety as this virus affects everyone differently. Staff is concerned about their children, the high-risk family members that are in their care, and just being out and about. People are afraid.
This is a deeper conversation that I’ve only scratched the surface on, however, it was nice to connect with the people that have become my extended family. The staff that I see every day and have known for the past 21 years. Hearing people say “I miss you” warmed my heart.
This conversation can go on for several paragraphs so with that, I’ll end this here. Again … thanks for hanging with me today, and as always. — Know Thyself —
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