Mr. UT and I are having to move my 95 year old mother across country to an assited living place here. She will be living with us while we wait for her furniture to arrive.
Doing this during a pandemic is daunting to say the least. Mr. UT has been amazing, handling all the details with money and logistics. Without him, I’d be lost. He told me these are things he was doing during his last years at work, being in charge of complicated projects involving many moving parts.
Although it will take some time to get her new place all fixed up, she will have her own apartment, with a wonderful support staff there to help her.
A story came up in our local newspaper, on the subject of awe. The article is here. Basically the article simply says, that by looking for small wonders on our walks, our mental health is strengthened.
The key is to look for small wonders. I found this to be so true for me. When I first started losing my hearing, and was healing after my first cochlear implant operation, I fell into a deep depression. I had just gotten sober at the same time. Mr. UT was still working, so I started going for walks on my own.
I started taking photos along the way, of things I noticed. It made me happy to see a red plant stem in a mix of brown, or an eagle just perched above me. Taking the photos forced me to slow down and pay attention. It helped me to get out of my own head and thoughts. I started to appreciate things around me, large and small.
Recently, we took several trips around our state, and some of the waterfalls and deep gorges I saw, were awe inspiring.
I even find awe in man made bridges! I love bridges! I always think of what an amazing feat to build these huge spans across rivers and valleys.
I find awe in inspirational stories, where someone has overcome what seems to be impossible, yet they do so.
By contiuing my walks, stopping to observe things more closely, I was able to slowly climb out of my depression. To this day, I take photos on most of my walks with Mr. UT. (Although there are days he wishes I didn’t! LOL)
I wish you all a bit of wonder or awe today!
With my laptop and writing this in bed,
On Day 2248,
PS – Mr. UT takes some photos too, and he has taught me how to take better ones!