Welcome to Innisfree's May newsletter. What a wonderful month it is here on the west coast, with bright blossoms, longer daylight and happily chirping birds. Last Friday afternoon I stopped for tea to sit on my balcony, listen to the raindrops and watch the birds happily flitting about on the trees. My planned 15 minutes became 45 magical moments.
How have your days been while adhering to safety guidelines during the current coronavirus? Are you content with a quieter lifestyle? Or, are you anxious to return to life as you knew it? Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's Provincial Health Officer, has repeatedly advised that the normal we knew last December will not be our 'new normal'. It brought to mind an Innisfree Newsletter some years ago, "Normal is a Myth", illustrated with the humorous three penguins above. Purchased years prior, remaining on my kitchen shelf, it continues to make me smile. Tonight, looking at it, I saw how my 'mythic normal' was being replaced by a 'new normal'! Author, Robin Sharma, wrote: As you move outside your comfort zone, what was once the unknown becomes your new normal. 'Normal', according to my aged dictionary, is something occurring naturally.
This week in BC and beyond, lighter restrictions have been implemented for some businesses, with emphasis on diligent safety practices. What will be your 'new normal'? Will it keep you outside your comfort zone? Yet, isn't life's learning brought about by expanding through our experiences, often making choices on which direction to take? Yet, gifts beyond measure invariably show up. Consider the creativity and great acts of kindness in how others have reached out to offer assistance to others, not only but especially during COVID-19.
My friend, Rev. Carrie, is currently basing her Sunday messages on the spiritual interpretation of The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy often has the dilemma of which path to follow at a fork on The Yellow Brick Road. (www.cslvictoria.org) Can you relate? Last December I wrote about incompletes on my intention list, one of which was keyboard lessons. This month I had a lesson with a very talented teacher, but after careful consideration, knew it wasn't the right path for me. The 'old me' would likely have hung in and persisted, but the 'current me' knew differently and has now chosen another route. I recall reading: The best way to find the yellow brick road is to start out on the dusty one!! My April and into May were a bit 'dusty', needing some serious reflection. My 'new normal' now has a clearer focus that feels more natural, for which I am grateful.
As we go forward let's honour our unique gifts, for in Plato's wise words: There is a place that you are to fill that no one else can fill, and something that you are to do that no one else can do.
A 3-part podcast, Your Bench of Dreams, was added in April to my Podcast page with another anticipated in June.
Until next time, may the simplest of pleasures give many joyful moments in YOUR new normal.
Blessèd be to you. Namasté!
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada