I try not to focus too much on all that ails me. I whine to a tiny selected few who have their own ailments and cranky bodies and saucy organs. And not every day as some days are fairly manageable.
Today I rekindled my writers' workshops and had forgotten completely how I felt in prepping for them, sending out prompts, interacting, discussing ideas and editing and plotting out the release and launch of our next anthology which is in its final editing.
We were all masked and sanitized and distanced.
And it was such a joy being around these enthusiasts. It's been six months since the last one and Zoom was anathema to the majority. Unfortunately. I was just too ill to physically hold them and my concentration had vanished.
Though still with ailments, my spirit has been fed and I have this sense of wellbeing which can only be supplied, I believe, by being fully engaged in the creative process.
Daughter was here yesterday and said she spent far too much time "doom-scrolling." I mean, let's face it, many of us do. The planet is in dire straits on so many levels and we could all be blown to smithereens with one Putin temper tantrum. On top of everything else.
So I said to her why don't you just stay where your hands are and just work on your art? And she was gob smacked. And then her face lit up and she said "of course." Art of any kind is a great distraction and I tend to forget it myself.
I can do nothing about the Ians and Fionas and their attendant devastation. Or Ukraine or Pakistan.
But if I stay with what I do best and feed my spirit I am so filled that there isn't room for anything else.