I DARE SAY: I’M CLOSER TO GOD. I’ve always been a firm believer. My faith has always been strong. But now more than ever, my daily readings of the scripture as well as daily online masses have greatly reinforced that love for our Almighty Jesus.
I now have a favorite passage from the Bible that talks about faith.
I‘M IN MUCH BETTER PHYSICAL SHAPE. Prior to the outbreak, I was sedentary, complacent, even reckless.
Out of the blue, a very close friend, Yvette Sevilla shared her daily routine. She was logging in 10,000 steps every day on a treadmill!
Now, that’s a heck of a lot of steps!
For the past few weeks since the beginning of the lockdown, I’ve disciplined myself enough to pick up a work out routine for at least an hour and a half daily, often reaching as much as over two hours!
My body has adjusted. My stamina has increased tremendously. My weight is down to 146 from a high of 152 lbs. Moreover, I fit into my old clothes with a waistline of 31 inches.
I feel so good these days, I’m almost tempted to ditch my hypertensive maintenance meds and save a few bucks
Of course, I’ve thanked Yvette profusely for inadvertently inspiring me to work out.
MY PASSION FOR KITCHEN WORK HAS BEEN REIGNITED. Before Covid 19 became a byword, I’d been too busy to even bother with kitchen chores.
Dining meant eating out in some nearby restaurant or ordering in some food for delivery.
Today, I’ve found that I’m more playful, more creative and more thorough in my cookery.
It’s so fulfilling to be able to redefine my home cooked dining experience.
I’M BUSY REINVENTING MYSELF. My business has been hit hard by this pandemic. Ironically, there’s little that I can do to turn things around in the short term. But I swear I would not sit around waiting for a vaccine to normalize the situation.
There are opportunities out there.
I choose to grab them while I’m alive.
It pays to bear in mind that the crisis we now face WILL END. It’s a bit early to speculate on when we would “move on”. But I choose to dwell on the brighter side of this pandemic.
When you’ve hit rock bottom, there’s no way to go but up, up up.
Suddenly, I feel this strong sense of awareness that better things are forthcoming! That said, these are exciting times!
I’M APPRECIATING MUSIC AGAIN. No genre.
No borders. Everything from Jeff beck to Al di Meola, Sting, New York Voices, Franz Josef Haydn and Beyonce’.
A cappella to acid jazz are all fair game. Thanks in part to the You Tube Music app.
When two legends collaborate, you can only expect the best performance!
I FEEL SO MUCH CLOSER TO MY FRIENDS. Thanks mostly to technology, I’m able to navigate through the various chat groups I’m a part of. The chats are often informative, hilarious and even nostalgic.
I’m just realizing that we’ve drifted apart from each other through the years. We’re all too busy doing our own thing. Multi tasking between family obligations and work leave us little or no time to simply have a casual chat or even see each other.
This worldwide quarantine unwittingly brought us back to how things were over four decades ago. Now that’s priceless!
Like everybody else, we often swap online links that open up the floodgates for healthy, sometimes heated discussions. The three platforms that I use most often are WhatsApp, FB Messenger & Viber.
TOUCHING BASE WITH LONG LOST FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD has never been so meaningful. Genuine friends from LA, SF, Arizona, NY, New Jersey, Florida, Australia, the Middle East, London, Spain, Canada & Poland. A short message creates that magical spark leading to some engaging discourse. I know exactly how that feels.
Having lived away for many years back in the 90’s, I treasured a surprising “snail mail” from a stack of bills and junk whenever I opened up my mailbox.
TRAFFIC FREE, POLLUTION FREE & NOISE FREE
The stark contrast is undeniably a most welcome change!
BOREDOM HAS IT’S MERITS.
I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I will any way: There is no longer a delicate balance between work and play . For the first time ever, procrastinating is not a bad thing.
I’m able to sort things out more methodically these days.
There are no deadlines. No unnecessary distractions either.
Mobility is not an issue…..discipline is.
The result is thoroughness.
PERFECT TIME TO COUNT THE BLESSINGS THAT ARE ALREADY THERE.
Alright, lemme take stock.
My dear Mom is in the thick of health after a successful surgical, semi-invasive procedure to cure her from an excruciatingly painful bout with sciatica nerve pain resulting from “degeneration of her intervertebral disk”. Yeah, I know it’s a mouth full. But having witnessed her pain and suffering, was no joking matter. I thank the Lord almighty for having guided her towards the path to full recovery.
The same goes for the entire family. Everyone seems to be preoccupied with their respective families and businesses. Keeping safe, keeping themselves healthy.
My elder daughter is presently enrolled in the East coast of the United States. Just this morning, I found out that my younger daughter got accepted at the University of her choice in the West coast. Talk about blessings!
PHOTOGRAPHY IS LIFE
I’m enjoying the Creative Photographer page on Facebook so much more.
Flickr and INSTAGRAM are also teeming with outstanding images like never before.
Prior to the ECQ, My life consisted of work and rest.
Redundant and full of pressure. Financial obligations were my only priority.
Today I have plenty of down time. I often find myself tinkering with my camera gear. Something this simple gives me joy beyond words.
The time and space that this crisis has given me is something I may have taken for granted all these years. Appreciating great works of photography has never been this good. At this time, I have come to the realization that I’m not half the grouch I used to be! The daily stress has been reduced.
I feel a powerful sense of caring for others. Greater sensitivity to the less fortunate.
On top of these, I feel like I have a very positive outlook, making all things possible.
Fifty Seven years is a loooong time.
My vision is terrible, my memory cells are depleting rapidly.
Still, I look forward to that free birthday cake, 20% dining discount and free access to movie theaters.
At 57 years of age, I’m not just surviving…..I’m thriving!