Long days during the partial isolation of the pandemic have taught me many lessons. I am learning to be patient is all things that I do. If I take my time to understand that hurrying only creates tension, I can finish more easily. Another lesson is making as much as possible normal. Asking what is “normal” helps me put things into perspective. When I say to my friend that I took some time to read for pleasure in the middle of the afternoon, she replies with the knowledge that I have done that before. It’s not new. It’s normal for me. That I have real fears about “living” helps too. I heard myself saying one day that I probably would not survive if I was infected with the virus. Hearing myself helped me see that I must depend on God. The only way “we” can make it is to pray daily.
By Mary Jane Berger, OSB