Pastor’s Corner: Take it Easy Right Now

January 26, 2022

At the risk – no, the reality – of repeating myself: Take it easy right now.

I’ve seen the stress in a lot of people since the new year began. Our emotions have been tightening as the COVID-19 diagnoses have been rising. Those numbers are falling, thank goodness, but they haven’t been falling very long and they are still very high on this island. We will need to live with caution for some time yet.

Bring some of that caution to your own state of mind. I’ve noticed frayed nerves in a number of people over the last few weeks, and one of those people was me! Stress reduces people’s ability to think creatively. It saps the wells of empathy for others. In some we may call it burnout; in others we speak of “compassion fatigue.” For nearly all of us, we might just say, “We’re really cranky.”

If this sounds like an exhausted two-year-old, well, it does. Adults have greater reserves of stamina than two-year-olds, but they run out, too.

So before making big decisions right now, take a moment for your state of mind. Is your vision expansive? Can you imagine options? Can you consider possibilities? If not, this is a bad time to choose. If you can delay such a decision safely and ethically, let it wait until your mind is ready.

The Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, wrote this week, “I’ve used up all my energy today moderating my wrath into a format that is socially acceptable. Please lower your expectations of yourself and others. We’re still in pandemics, and many of us are doing disproportionately more care work.”

Take it easy on yourself, friends. Take it easy on one another. Give yourself time. Pray. Breathe.

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

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