An Anxious Day

Many people are feeling anxious today, including the parishioner who wrote me an email at 4 AM as she was going to sleep. Facing the unknown is stressful.

Here are my four strategies for feeling less anxious today. I’m focusing on remembering words of wisdom from three people –

  1. My yoga teacher, Deb Suarez, who says, “Breathe, breathe, breathe.”
  2. Reinhold Neibuhr who gave us the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”
  3. Along the same lines, Mary Oliver, who asks, “What are you going to do with your own wild and precious life?”

These words help me remember that we each have agency. We do not have to let outside forces (even something as important as the presidency) determine the course of our lives. We still can – and must – choose how we will respond, how we will cope, what we will do with our time and our energy.

Finally, #4. It’s going to be sunny and 64 degrees in northeast Ohio – a rare gift for November. I’m looking forward to a walk after work.

(Photo: Anne Peters White doing yoga; St. Pete’s Beach)

9 thoughts on “An Anxious Day

  1. J.K. Marlin

    So glad for these words and for bible study this morning when real people with Pastor Kelly will gather (on zoom) to consider the beautiful words of Rachel Held Evans who gives us continuation in her epilogue “and then…”


  2. Nancy B. Cowles

    Could’a’ emailed you at 4am, too!

    Monday and yesterday went fine with taking your advise of no screen time. We visited two more bridges in Ashtabula County on Monday. Had a quiet day yesterday with Bill at GNTS all day. I did my walk dvd, read, did laundry, listened to the Audible book my daughter feeds me, did the daily Hebrew Bible study Bill feeds me (I didn’t sign up in time) and made our go-to comfort food – meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Today we clean the deck with warm weather coming – and we wait.

    Last night – crazy!

    I’m getting wild emails from 11 3 2020 and 11 4 2020, records show my vote has been inadvertently changed to Donald J Trump. DELETED!!!

    Thanks for letting me vent a bit. Your reply is your perfect blog.

    Thank you! Nancy Cowles



  3. Deb

    Kelly, I feel humbled to be quoted alongside such illustrious, wise people. We students of yoga/scripture learn the tools to help in times of crisis for sure. Thank you for the thoughtful, beautiful, centering services each week. ❣

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