Editing my life.

How are you feeling these days?

It’s hard coming to terms with the different guidelines being thrown at us on all levels of media and even in personal conversations. I was in self-isolation a week before the country was put into Lockdown back in March. It was a long time to be indoors with my thoughts. Like most others, I painted, I did some gardening and of course, I crocheted.

But now that we are out of the different phases and the country is on the move again, we still need to be careful. If I learned anything during my months indoors it is how thin I had spread myself to keep up and connect with others. No wonder pre-CoVid-19 I was tired, stressed and playing catch-up with my time. Like you no doubt, I needed another day in the week to get done all that I thought I needed to do.

So it got me thinking about my life now, do I need to rush out and meet so and so for coffee, for a chat, connect again with the world like before? In fact, I was reminded of how when I edit my writing, my stories are stronger for it. Cutting out the unwanted or not needed baggage in my work is the same in looking after my health. This was brought home to me, even more, when I had to be tested for the Corona Virus, only a few days ago. It was negative thank God, but the worry while waiting was horrendous as I have heart issues. Even after doing everything by the book, how quickly life can change.

The world will keep spinning if I cull my social media presence. So I took the first step and closed some popular social media accounts. Next up is my friends’ list on Facebook. I honestly don’t know most of them because of no interaction. The people I do actually know, I often don’t get to read their posts. Facebook groups are to be culled. I’d rather be active in a few than popping in and skimming many without any real quality connection. In my everyday comings and goings, I have been selective too. I’m not being mean or anti-social, that is not my intention. I would rather be a good friend than one that only pretends to be.

I see all this as editing my life. I will be stronger and better for it.

So think about the stressed-out areas in your life and see if you can make changes that benefit both you and those you love.

What have you learned during lockdown that can improve your way of living?

 

Take the Positives in Life

Hey dear friends, with life on a roller coaster right now, it is easy to lose sight of what makes us happy. There is so much sad news swirling around through all media sources. I have cut out the television, reduced reading the newspapers and when it comes to social media I do a quick scan. Yet I still get to hear the negativity that exists.

In making the decision to keep positive, to take the successes in life no matter what size, it fills me up with energy. A sense of being able to tackle the day no matter how tired I may be or how overwhelmed I feel. I remind myself, I have done well. I think of the nice review left by a reader, a text from a friend saying they were thinking of me, or a request to write a guest blog post for another writer. I’ve listened to bird song and sat in my garden more than before. Nothing life-changing in the grand scheme of things but important to my mind and well being, so therefore very important.

With this in mind, I want to share the latest good news I received. A poem I wrote in a whim was published on the pendemic.ie website and now along with other writers, it is to be archived for 100 years in University College Dublin library. Our wonderful President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins has shared a poem too that will be added to the collection. So I’m in wonderful company for sure.

http://pendemic.ie/self-isolation-a-poem-by-mary-bradford/

http://pendemic.ie/take-care-a-poem-by-president-of-ireland-uachtaran-na-heireann-michael-d-higgins/

http://pendemic.ie/announcement-pendemic-to-be-preserved-by-irish-poetry-reading-archive-at-ucd-library/

Look around you, listen to the good news stories. Take every nice word shared with you and store it all up for the doubtful days. It takes practice but like anything it can become a part of your daily habit.

Stay Safe x