March Was A Very Looooong Year!
I am grateful that March is finally over. Its 31 days felt a lot like 365 days thanks to the COVID19 pandemic and all of its collateral damage - uncertainty, financial devastation, fear, hysteria, increased cases of people suffering, hospitals on the verge of collapse and worse of all, death. I have close friends who have contracted the virus. Others were trapped in Peru with thousands of other Americans, until recently. Additionally, although we were mandated to stay home, many are still refusing to do so. I’ve learned about people licking toilet seats, having parties, complaining about their inability to go to the gym or “put on their expensive clothes and go to the club.” I have heard about people dying from taking unproven medication carelessly suggested as a possible cure for the virus.
To be honest, it was becoming increasingly difficult to remain calm and positive while being confronted with so much negativity. However, as I stated in the previous blog post, I refuse to let panic overtake me. Again, it doesn’t help, nor does it change the inevitable. The tragedies that I have experienced, though unwelcome, made me somewhat “bomb proof,” and to a certain degree, a tad bit numb. Collectively, these losses, humbled and cemented me in the concrete reality that many things just simply rest outside of our control. I am at peace with this inherited and perceived powerlessness. It is and will be okay. If not, I will survive. We will survive.
I repeat, perception is everything. Let me be clear. Global Attic LLC has been impacted financially due to the virus. Sales have slowed down. New inventory is trapped in Indonesia due to the worldwide shutdown. Instead of preparing for my busiest time of the year – the pop-up market season, it has been postponed until June/July – if it happens at all. My travel plans to New York this month and Minneapolis in June have been postponed until 2021. My trip to Ghana, while still in limbo, doesn’t exactly seem wise at this point. Once travel resumes, I don’t think I want to be buried alive within the huge crowds of people who will undoubtedly be traveling. With every country playing from a different playbook in terms of how they are dealing with the virus, it makes more sense for me to postpone this trip as well.
Although cancellations, postponements and being quarantined can be frustrating, I choose to remain grateful. I am well mentally, physically and spiritually. I belong to a loving community of family, friends and customers who check in on me and keep me lifted in positivity. Yes, I am someone who enjoys this time of the year. I would love to be out and about now. However, I’m fine with settling into the comforts of my home to binge watch The Outsider and Ozark on Netflix if it means that we can contain the virus and save lives. Additionally, I am grateful that I have food, shelter and more time to both reflect and redirect my life. These are blessings. There are so many people in this world who have been suffering, are suffering and will continue to suffer well after this pandemic is all over. When I consider this fact, the luxuries that I have to put on hold, are minuscule comparatively.
As we welcome a new month, I wish for a shift in energy and our mental paradigms. I’m setting an intention for the world to evolve and transform in the most beautiful ways. My hope is that more love, good health, calm, positivity and prosperity will be permanent fixtures in our journey to the other side of this pandemic. I want this for everyone. Once this ends, our new lives will begin. Be patient and hold on. We will get through this and we will be better for it.
Be well today and beyond…
Founder, Global Attic LLC