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Gratitude: Rhythm

When we first started self-isolating six weeks ago, I thought it was great working from home. No commute, no need to dress up in my office clothes, all day access to my fridge (which, in hindsight, probably wasn’t such a good thing after all…).

Picture credit: Liannadavis

Then when it started settling in that this lock down was here to stay for a while, and that working from home would be my normal rhythm, I started chafing a little. I got restless. I needed to get out of the house. I needed to do something – anything! – other than sit at home.

They say it takes six weeks for a habit to form. Well, this is my sixth week at home, and I must say we’ve established a certain rhythm in our everyday life. On working days, I drop my daughter off at daycare first thing in the morning. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m so grateful that we have such a great daycare within walking distance of home, and we didn’t choose one that was near the office! When I get home, I have just enough time to review my emails before work kicks off for the day. Time usually passes in a blur and then it’s time to pick my daughter up again before we whirl into her night routine.

On non-working days, life is a little more relaxed. There’s time to go for long slow walks in the park. There’s time for crayons and homemade playdough, and blowing bubbles. There’s time for good long naps (mostly for my daughter, although I’ve been known to get some extra sleep too). There’s time for long video calls with the grandparents.

I guess I’ve become more accepting of the new normal. I no longer chafe, and while I’m not at the enthusiastically embracing stage yet, I’m at least in the acceptance stage.

So today, I’m grateful for our new normal, for the mix of fast tempo working days, and slow tempo non-working days.

What are you grateful for?

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts, Day 22: Tempo.


2 comments on “Gratitude: Rhythm

  1. jml297
    April 25, 2020

    It sounds as though you have worked out the right rhythm for you and your family at this time 🥁

    • Penne Cole
      April 25, 2020

      We’re still tweaking it, but yes, we’re getting there! Hope you and your family are safe and well.

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