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Photo of The Floating Heads installation at the Kelvingrove Museum in the Scottish city of Glasgow

I’m struggling with this new normal.

At times I’m fine and getting on with my life – such as it is.  At other times I’m sad for no particular reason – just feeling sad.

Life has changed.  I didn’t choose this.  I can’t control this.  And I don’t know what the world will look like when it’s over.  At least before this pandemic I had the illusion of some control – and a steady supply of toilet paper!

And to top it all off, I’m feeling fairly useless.  Sure, I’m doing my part by staying away from others and following all the social distancing rules.  And I’m sending out loving thoughts and gratitude every morning and night.  But I’m not essential to society like health care workers and food providers.

Then a friend suggested that I could share my blog posts.  People are online now more than ever and they are looking for positivity.  So, in addition to writing new posts I will be sending out older posts that are relevant to the times.  I hope you find them as helpful as I am.

When I reread this post – Stop Paddling – I realized it was exactly what I needed to hear.  I can’t change the way life is right now but I can relax, put down my paddles, and go with the flow.

About Lisa Ivaldi

Lisa loves sharing information that will have a positive impact. is a personal growth blog that uses personal stories and expert theories to share ideas and perspectives. Sometimes looking at things slightly differently can make a huge difference.
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12 Responses to Struggling

  1. Perry Phillips says:

    we are all in the same boat.That realization is a major plus.Also assume you have already have the virus thus by staying home and praying you are saving many unknown lives.

  2. Wendy Stross says:

    Thank you Lisa. I think you underestimate the value of your being – who you are. At a time of social distancing, your willingness to be your authentic self and put your feelings out there matters. You have the courage to express what a lot of us are feeling but are afraid to share.
    During this pandemic, for those who cannot work and do what they do, they do what they can to help, if only by abiding the rules of self-quarantine, self-isolation and social distancing. For me, I have not witnessed so much love and care in a very long time.

  3. Hi Lisa, I’m happy to hear you will be blogging more often. After reading your posts, I like to sit back and reflect on the messages shared. So much wisdom and insight! 🙂

  4. Lynda Dennis says:

    Thank You Lisa! That is exactly how I feel right now. My days are filled with doing things but the evenings are maybe when those feelings have accumulated thru the day. I know this will pass but what will our new normal look like? We must wait and see.

  5. Thanks Lisa….we are all in this together, and definitely searching for any motivation online these days. Your blogs are certainly your way of being an essential service for hope and camaraderie :~)

  6. Liz Meiering says:

    dear Lisa, your post rings true also for me. I find these times hard, and also see the gifts. Thank you to all who posted here, I am grateful for your kindness and wisdom.

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