For far too long we’ve all been making the best of it. I know it’s a recurring topic here on the daleleelife101.blog as I try to appreciate such sentiments as “Those who travel outward seek completeness in things; those who gaze inward find sufficiency in themselves.” while I swing between being grateful to have a safe, nurturing homelife and resentful the rest of my life is in limbo.
A week or so ago at the end of a busy but dull week, I looked at the G.O. and sighed… I’m not bored, it’s just I feel so underwhelmed. When the word anhedonia leapt out at me from this paragraph in a Guardian article, I wanted to understand it and once I did, I knew I needed to find a different outlook.
“A word I have returned to repeatedly recently is anhedonia – the inability to take pleasure in things, a lack of joy where joy should be. I think the trauma of the past two years, living with the unknown and the unknowable, being separated from family and friends who provide well-needed perspective, distraction and connection, shouldn’t be underestimated – even before we mix in climate change and war. It’s easy to “go flat” in situations like this as a protective mechanism: when we numb one emotion, we numb them all.”
After a lacklustre start to 2022, it’s important to appreciate the things I’ve wished for.
Our Resilient Communities program is up and running. However, inevitably it’s accompanied by the spectre of Covid. So far two people who attended our recent workshop tested positive for Covid in the following days. Will nothing ever be simple again?
Carers NSW got in touch, referred me to a counsellor who referred me to a Peer Facilitator, Carer Coach who suggested a number of activities including a carers’ coffee catch-up, an online workshop for facilitators of Carer Support Groups I have signed up to do in May which will hopefully lead to formation of a local Peer Support Group, and also the possibility of future face-to-face wellbeing days and 2-day workshops.
Ongoing rainy weather and flood events during February and March dampened everything including our spirits, house and garden, and plans for short local caravan trips during my favourite autumnal season. A necessary bright side reminder-to-self is we’re only cleaning mould from the house not putrid mud, and it’s given us time to reconsider our approach to outsourcing a few issues with the caravan which if we’d not taken the opportunity to have another look at them, would’ve involved significant expenditure.
A lifebuoy, in the form of Hannah Moloney of Good Life Permaculture. I’d watched Hannah on ABC’s Gardening Australia [impossible to miss the pink hair and ebullient laugh], subscribed to her various social media accounts which led me to read her book published last year, The Good Life: How To Grow A Better World, and then to seek out podcasts featuring conversations with Hannah, of which there are numerous pre and post book. She always comes across as cheerful, inspiring, interesting and relevant… a perfect antidote to doldrums brought on by reading media articles about the 2022 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change mitigation, and the prologue to the upcoming Federal election in Australia.
For when I forget…
If we don’t want life to pass us by, while the world is swiveling around us, let’s look inwards and turn things upside down in the inner chambers of our mind. Only after reshuffling our rooted values, we can look outwards, find out the fascinations of life, and rediscover our selves, layer after layer.
~ Erik Pevernagie