The news is frightening, and I hear so many heartbreaking stories hitting too close to home.
The world is so vast, but we’re all sharing this experience.
And we’ve chosen none of this.
Many of our usual cultural and personal touchstones are off-limits now.
So here online and on the phone, I’ve been touching base with various local and not-so-local friends. I want to know how you are.
Granted, I’m aware of and grateful for being lucky and comfortable. So far.
That’s the subtext of gratitude, an awareness of the transience of the good times.
This year, I learned one of my top strengths is Connectedness, according to Gallup Strengthsfinders. I’ve learned that not everyone has that strength. There are 34 Strengths. Yes, capitalized.
Connectedness is my #3 Strength. I believe we’re all a community with more in common than first glance might suggest. I notice circumstances like synchronicity. Some high Connectedness folks are active in an organized church. So far, that’s not me. But I do have Faith.
I guess it’s no surprise then that my favorite animal is the horse, a herd animal.
However, I am besotted with our cats. The Project Cat is doing great, BTW. Thank you for asking. Our cats are family.
For me, for the foreseeable future, horses have returned to the “virtual” realm. Like some of you, I’m under high-risk, “house arrest,” which makes me look super fierce on-paper. If that’s the worst that happens to me and mine, we are lucky indeed.
For good or ill, we mystery writers like to use crime slang, which may or may not be tasteful. But we are liable to say stuff like, “house arrest,” “on the inside, ” and “in solitary.”
If you fall into that latter category, either comment below or email me at remlane at gmail dot com. However, if it bounces — Google insists I’m a cyber-hoarder and my storage is full–let me know.
Connectedness is my #3 Strength. My #1? Empathy.
Even if you’re not holed up in solitary, how are you doing? Hanging in there?