Part of my isolation time has been spent clearing out—clearing out drawers, piled up papers, and emptying out and restocking my pantry. I haven’t been in a store since mid March, so I have been relying on home delivery. It has been a great blessing to me to be able to do that.
I decided to take everything I had on hand out to assess what I needed. So out it all came. I found things I had forgotten I had, found some out of date items, and really had a chance to prioritize what I wanted on hand. I have to admit I bought more than I normally would have in case the rumors of shortages were true. But, one thing about home shopping is you eliminate impulse buying. That saves money and space in the long run. I came to realize the foods that gave me comfort—homemade soups for example, Indian food, Mexican food, and fresh vegetables and fruit. I also had chocolate on hand for those craving times. I rediscovered my late in life joy of cooking. That has been fun to YouTube the ethnic food I miss eating out, and creating it at home.
The other clearing out project I have been working on is internal. I don’t have a picture to show you of that progress.
For all my days in isolation I have made meditation, prayer, journaling and flute playing a daily priority. The rewards of that have been substantial. It has brought to light some burdens of old thought patterns that no longer serve me. I have struggled to let go of lingering resentments and insecurities that went way back to childhood. I am coming to recognize clinging patterns that rob me of my peace—clinging to material things for sure. Now I have internal space to have room for more joy, and for that I am very grateful.