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Finding Peace in an Uncertain Time

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It’s tough to write this week, since everything feels so insignificant compared to what’s happening in the world. But I’m just trying to do my best in finding small bits of normalcy every day. At the risk of sounding cliché, I’ve grown to appreciate little moments that I’ve taken for granted. On the other hand, I’ve also caught myself overreacting to trivialities that don’t matter in the big picture.

I try to find humor in things like watching my dog circle her blanket 20 times in an attempt to build the perfect nest. Or the fact that my at-home wardrobe consists of alternating four sweatshirts and three pairs of sweatpants. I find myself filling my days with worry as I think about the cashiers, delivery drivers, sanitation workers, healthcare employees on the front line, and all the other essential employees who don’t have the luxury of staying home. This often leads to intense feelings of guilt as I sit at home. And, of course, I remain hopeful that we will get through this.

Suffice it to say, I—like many of you, I’m guessing—have been all over the place emotionally. But no matter where we fall on the spectrum of emotions right now, the last thing we want to do is judge how we feel. Our lives have been turned upside down and, no matter what you’re feeling, it’s okay.

It’s important to seek out the little things that bring you comfort and peace. For me, that’s calling my sister every morning and checking in with friends. This week, I want to hear how you’re finding moments of calm. What do your days look like and how are you coping? How have you remained connected to your TOPS family in place of weekly in-person meetings? Tell me about it and remember, we’re all in this together.

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