Southern Gentleman Wordsmith



This isn’t the post I planned to publish at this time, but my editorial calendar has been shot since July, just one month after I started blogging again. Plus, if 2020 has taught me anything, sometimes an adjustment is required to continue moving forward. So, this entry feels necessary.

The thing is that I can’t complain.

I’m in the best shape of my life thus far and improving each day.

My beard is flourishing, albeit with a few streaks of gray making an appearance.

I’ve been killing it at work so much that I earned two awards in as many months and recognition that my organization couldn’t succeed or even function without me.

Life is good, except when it isn’t.

I’m mad, sad, and tired.

It’s been hard to carry on with business as usual, despite my work’s nature and value.

I’ve lost track of time. How did we reach the middle of December already?!

We’ve lost so many people around the world to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Millions have lost their jobs since the pandemic began, which has led to people desperate for food.

I could rant about income inequality, but today is not the day.

No, today I’m thinking about words the amazing Melissa Kimble, the founder of #blkcreatives, shared earlier this year: “You won’t be of any good to your mission or the people you tend to if you’re not good to yourself, first.”

I’m coping well with this “new normal,” thriving, in many respects. But what about those who have such a hard time right now?

I’m doing what I can to help; I wish I could do more.

But I’m reminded that I can’t save the world.

I wish everyone around the world could stop for at least a day to mourn those we’ve lost, reflect on how things have changed, and somehow figure out whatever they need to do to carry on.

I feel like I’ve been doing all of that and more while keeping a straight face to get the job done, so I’m taking a break.

I’m currently reading How to Relax: Stop Being Busy, Take a Break and Get Better Results While Doing Less, and it’s not as if there’s anything in it I didn’t already know. I’ve highlighted a few passages that are great reminders, though, and anything I’m not doing that will enhance my wellbeing, I intend to start.

As Adele said, “It’s so typical of me to talk about myself; I’m sorry. I hope that you’re well.”

How are you staying sane amid the chaos? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section, and we can compare notes when I return!

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