On Saturday, the weather in Missouri, USA, was getting nicer, not too warm, not to cold, to do some yard work that I had been putting off. About a month ago, I bought fertilizer for my lawn that I figured that I would need soon. I’m glad that I did this, because now, I don’t want to leave the house, nor should I!
I thought that this day was the perfect time for me to take on this chore. I don’t like to do yard work, but I like to enjoy the results that it produces. I had a goal of fertilizing the lawn around my house. As I got started, I built up momentum to clear away some brush and do some weeding. This had to be done anyway, so I figured I’d do this at one time. Start, finish, and be done. That’s the way I like to do things!Shortly after I finished, and many days after, my body was in excruciating pain! I guess, I’m not getting any younger! I don’t know what was worse, my physical pain, or the emotional pain that I’ve felt since the worldwide virus crisis. On further thought, my emotional pain is worse!
There were many good things that happened from this diversion. They include:
- I finished “work” that I had been putting off. I hate it when I have “loose ends”. I get an uneasy, guilty feeling. As it turned out, the next day there was heavy snow flakes that didn’t last long. It was like a feeling of simpler times, just a short time ago. It felt like the holiday season in December!
- I was able to enjoy being outdoors and getting some exercise. It was nice to see the birds and flowers coming out. It was a welcome relief.
- It meet my social needs. I nodded hello to everyone who walked or jogged by. I talked to my neighbor who lives across the street. We literally talked from that far apart!
- I met my civic responsiblity by keeping social distancing. As far as I know, I’ve never had a problem with social distancing!
- After a few days, my grass was much greener than before, and most of the weeds were gone.
- Most importantly, my wife isn’t bothering me about when I’m going to take care of the yard!
What are you doing to divert yourself from all of the stress that you’re feeling? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.
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