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Photograph of flowers by Lisa Ivaldi

So still struggling at times.

Before the pandemic I was finding my way through grief and mourning.  My father passed away last June, my last living aunt died in January, and my eldest sister passed on March 10.

In many ways it felt like I had lost my past.  Who was I now in a world where so much of what I had always known was gone?

And then, with this totally new and surreal reality, it almost felt like I had lost my future too.  I can’t plan.  I can’t know what tomorrow will bring.  Of course, I never could know.  But based on the past I thought I had a pretty good idea.

So, what’s left?

The present.  Now.

COVID is forcing me to live in the now.  Exactly what I have been trying to do for years.  Cool.

Thinking about all this reminded me of the post Experience Your Life, but I didn’t realize how much until I reread it.  This moment is my life.  Not the past.  Not the future.  My life doesn’t start again when the pandemic is over.  My life is now.

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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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10 Responses to Now

  1. scooper says:

    Thanks for forwarding that Lisa.  It resonates for many people I’m sure.  Sorry that you’ve experienced such profound loss in such a short time frame.  This virus has made me purge material items in my home and made me seriously consider why I have held onto certain  memorabilia, to let the past go, embrace the here and now and make the best of the Now.  I’m glad I’m not alone:)Take care.StacyStacy CooperCooper Admin & Consultingscooper@cooperadmin.com519-829-8839

  2. Cheron says:

    Your blogs are so to the point and very real. I very much enjoyed this one, Lisa. Yes, that is what we are meant to be doing… in the now. I listened to a podcast, and was told “make a schedule” so I did. The next day, I tore it up. I, too, want to live in the now. Thank you. I’d also like to wish you my deepest condolences on your losses. Blessings….

  3. Ana says:

    I’m sorry for loss you gone through in personally. I agree with you LIfe is Now.!
    We either live in past or worry about the future, when do you live in present? The moment to live is now. Each one of us has time now to read a book, write a story, look at bird, Thanks Lisa to put this thought out.

  4. Michelle Harasym says:

    Sending you big hugs my love xo

  5. Hey Lisa! Yes, very positive to be living in the moment; we sometimes forget to do so, but never stop planning for the future! That’s where we can live for our hopes and dreams to come true. It may take a while right not to get there, and we may have to keep pushing that date out, but we should still hope for what will be. Stay positive, stay strong and stay healthy my friend :~)

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