I am so grateful that it is possible to connect with you in this way.
I have been thinking a lot about listening these days. Listening to myself, choosing who I want to listen. Choosing what I want to listen to.
I love to talk and that is the skill that I have developed. I have realized recently that I am a good speaker and I love to do it. I was so looking forward to doing that mid-March. I was booked to present my Signature Concert to a group of United Church folks.
In my Signature Concert I speak about things that have challenged me and offer a message of hope amidst vulnerability.
As you no doubt know musicians are not doing live shows but I am feeling grateful for the Facebook live shows I have been doing for the past three years. This has helped prepare me for these days of doing live shows on the internet.
Gratitude has also helped me to stay grounded. Of course, I have had a whole bunch of emotions. Some more challenging than others over these past couple months. I’m sure that many of you have as well. I have appreciated a pastor friend of mine who talks about grieving and how that is a huge part of this global pandemic. This helped me to put words to some of what I was feeling. Grief is like waves. I reminded myself of this the other day. My day had started on an upbeat note. I wrote a song and enjoyed some other things in my day. Then I read some news about Covid 19 and I was saddened. I did not want this grief which of course made it all the stronger.
I want to encourage you to try to tap into your creativity as a way of supporting yourself. Also try to identify other things that you find supportive. I went for a walk yesterday, as I have been doing most days and I was reminded why I need these daily walks. These walks help me to process my emotions in a way that nothing else does.
Take the best care of yourself that you can. Turn some love toward yourself.
We will be cared for. Whatever happens. I do believe that.
Yours in creativity and music,