Post by Kristin Jarvis Adams | November 5, 2020
How are you, dear?
It’s been so long since we’ve spoken.
I know you say you are fine…but how are you, really?
Our world has been upside down for so long now that the days are slipping into weeks and the weeks have turned into months and the months have become seasons and the four walls of our homes seem to be closing in. I can’t remember how long the leftovers have been in my fridge and there is another wad of dirty clothes in the hamper. I swear I did the laundry yesterday. Or, was it last week?
After all this time of virtual human contact, I’ve started talking to myself in the mirror almost as much as I talk to the dogs. And some days all I’m doing is holding my breath, waiting for life to get back to normal.
What is normal?
When I witness communities finding ways to connect and live joyfully in a time when fear runs rampant, I am encouraged by the resilience of the human spirit. Last weekend—on Hallows Eve—I volunteered at our church “drive through” where the staff greeted anyone who showed up with warm, heartfelt conversation and bags of treats. One staff member who was quarantining in anticipation of a visit with family later in the month, wore a T-Rex ‘hazmat’ suit and greeted every car with dancing and laughter.
I’ll admit, I mostly watched in awe as the staff called out to every driver by name, asking, “How are you…really?” After only a few minutes of meaningful connection, every single car full of people left that parking lot knowing that they were loved and cared for.
So today I challenge you to ask someone, “How are you…really?” and take the time to listen to what they have to say. You can be the light in their day, or just maybe, they will be the one shining back at you.
Sending peace to you, dear one.
Kristin Jarvis Adams' story of Andrew and Frightful is a beautiful and remarkable journey through medical mysteries, a reliance on a superhero chicken, and ultimately, a transcendent faith that ushers in hope when all else seems lost.
Love this – and the pink dinosaur is the best! Thank you❤️
Kristin, You always have such a way of speaking to our hearts!
Lovely. I’m taking your challenge TODAY.
Would love to hear how your challenge went! 🙂 Kristin
As always, very well done.
Thanks, Kristin! I needed to hear that. Sometimes the sunshine is only in your heart but it’s enough to make the day bright.
I’ll take the sunshine in my heart! Blessings to you, Kristin
Your reflection and that very pink dinosaur were just the right bright spot for the day! Thank you.
We all need as many bright spots in our days as we can find! Be well, Kristin
Lovely reminder! Thank you for sharing your heart with us! ❤️
Thank you, Claire. Be well, Kristin
This is beautiful Kristin ❤️. You all are in my thoughts often. Take care my friend!