May 6, 2020
May 6, 2020, 7:59 AM

You know it’s good advice if you see it on the Church sign.

 

Of course…it’s not always that easy

AAAHHHH…….

The television was on in the other room, while I was working in my study at home. The channel was set to some news program; I’m not sure which one. Its primary purpose was to provide the sound of another human voice. (Those of you who live alone will understand.) In other words, I wasn’t really listening.

And then I heard this statement: “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

I was gobsmacked! I recognized the profound truthfulness of that announcement, while simultaneously understanding that we humans will go to great lengths to avoid discomfort. So, how do we get comfortable with being uncomfortable? Well…

  1. Recognize feelings of discomfort and anxiety. Do you know anyone who is not dealing well with these emotions? Probably! So, we should help each other as we can. If we have the financial means to lend a hand, we should do so. But everyone can offer words of kindness and encouragement.
  2. Don’t be too proud to admit personal feelings of discomfort, anxiety or worry. This is no time for stoic, “I’m fine!” self-reliance. It is acceptable to cry or scream (though, you might want to warn those with whom you live if you take that last option). And it’s okay to seek professional help. I’m still on the job. I have a phone. And I know my limitations (I refer cases beyond my expertise.)
  3. Don’t hide from the pain. Do you know someone who has died from Covid-19? I am so sorry. Do you have a favorite story about that person that you can share? I’d like to hear it. Afterward, I’ll join you in a prayer of thanksgiving for the privilege of having that person in your life for a while.
  4. Look for the positives. If the discomfort, anxiety, or pain seems overwhelming, look for the good. Make a list! Is your family safe? Are they well? Do you know someone who was ill, but has recovered?
  5. Get comfortable with the new “normal.” We don’t have to like this situation. (I don’t. I don’t even like the phrase “new normal.”) But this is our reality. Have you seen the news footage of New Yorkers who go out on their balconies at 7 p.m. and bang pots and applaud their frontline heroes? It’s inspiring! I bet they don’t like this “normal” either, but they refuse to be overcome by it.

 

This is not an exhaustive list, so I put the question to you: How are YOU becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable? aaahhhh…….

 

Ann

Dr. Ann Hitt

 

 

 

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