When "New" came to me to be the word I live with this year, I was excited. As the year has begun I am getting a little anxious.
We usually think of new as something that is fresh and exciting. I knew when I was given the word, that it was the noun not the adjective. I knew that it was "the new" that comes from something- not the shiny, beautiful new ........ but I still anticipated something fun coming in to view.
And then 3 sheep died. Now, coming from that, we have "the new" configuration of the flock with a new leader needed.
Last night I had a concerning dream.
I am one of those people that dream in great detail. Usually, silly story dreams or enlightening dreams but sometimes exhausting dreams where I am trying to get somewhere or accomplish something. Often, there are many people in my dreams. If one was making a short film from one of my dreams they would have to hire a lot of extras. My dream last night was filled with people in large numbers and at one point I became aware that no one was wearing a mask. I remember putting my hand up over my face. Do the people in our dreams now have to wear masks? It has now been a year with Covid 19 and coming from that, is "the new" that we get anxious if the dream people around us are not wearing masks?
I don't mind wearing a mask in day life. What I find hard to live with is not being able to give and receive a multitude of hugs on a daily basis. I felt that those hugs were what kept me healthy. At least I can still hug John but I haven't even hugged my daughter's boyfriend and they have now been together a year. They started dating just before the pandemic but by the time we met him, strict guidelines were in place.
People who live alone used to have plenty of hugs from neighbors or friends in the grocery store or on the street. What will keep them healthy in "the new" that comes from health guidelines?
I find it refreshing watching old movies where people are not wearing masks and still hugging. What can I do to make sure the people in my dreams can still live the life of CLOSENESS so that when things calm down we can resume that in day life?
I am still optimistic that there will be "new"s that come from better things.