Walking, moving, landscapes, connecting.
Many people are finding that getting out and walking helps in many ways to mitigate the conditions of the pandemic; not just the confinement of being at home for so long. This may result in many more people on the trails, open spaces are being shared with greater numbers. This can make solitude and silence harder to find but recently I, literally, discovered that
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference Robert Frost - The Road not Taken
It really did make a difference to the experience. Each time the trail forked or another path turned off the way forward got steeper, there was more snow, and there were fewer and fewer people.
Think about the forks in the road, literal or metaphorical, you have come to recently in the continuing experience of the pandemic.
What choices did you make? Where did they take you? Where do you imagine the road not taken have gone? What are you curious about?
I am told that people really are writing more letters in these times as they seek connection beyond their immediate environment. Someone said to me that she wrote letters to people with no expectation they would write back – so a letter in return feels like a gift.
Someone else said to me that in the course of clearing out a cupboard she came across letters I’d sent her years ago.
If you re-read old letters there is the opportunity to use the Feedback Loop and integrate your insight:
"When I read this I feel.........." "When I read this I notice........" "When I read this I remember........"
Write an unsent letter to your post-pandemic self.
People who live alone have particular challenges in this time:
What has helped you? What do you miss most?
What is your experience?
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