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by Joan Bachman


The Christmas season is a time of PEACE. Have you felt it? The air waves feel quieter and seem to be waiting for us to catch up. Even Nature enjoys this quieter season in ND. Grass is still green, the wind doesn’t blow ALL the time, we’ve had sunshine more than a few hours each week. It’s been nice.

Many of us are experiencing stress caused by our reactions to the pandemic and the civic and civil unrest throughout our country and the world. Sometimes, the harder we try to put that uneasiness to rest, the less successful are our efforts. The pandemic restrictions complicate our wishes to verbally express current fears and frustrations so we may go ‘round and ‘round in our heads (I do this). However, the restrictions DO give the gift of more personal and quiet time with ourselves and our closest small circle. It may be hard to do, but try to put these restrictions to good use; remember how often you have just wanted some alone-time?

So now we can use this time to find an inner Peace. Suggestions from assorted sources:

1. Focus on what you can control. “God, grant me Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference”.
2. Find natural quiet. Meditate. Read. Spend time outdoors alone or with loved ones. Stay off social media for a specified period of time. Center on your inner being.
3. Know what is truly important to YOU, then be honest with yourself and your circle.
4. Be aware that the only person on earth that you can change is YOU.
5. Remember to enumerate and express thanks for all the good things in your life – including your senses, physical health, food, family, housing, employment, etc. Share your good fortune with someone who is short on these necessary resources.

And have a Blessed Christmas Season!

About the Author

Joan Bachman

Joan Bachman is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Registered Health Information Technician, and Faith Community Nurse. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Joan has experience as a Nurse, Administrator, Developer, Trainer, Grant Writer, and served as Administrator of SD State Survey Agency. She has consulted with health care facilities and nonprofit organizations and presented leadership training. Joan is the author of Guidebook for Assisted Living Facilities and Senior Service Providers and Guidebook for Physician Services in the Nursing Facility, and she has published in professional journals.

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