Shaken Not Stirred

My life has definitely been shaken! Over the last few weeks, we have been avoiding a deadly virus, ordered to stay home, practicing social distancing and experiencing a total disruption of work. Then the government throws in some drastic tax measures to keep the economy afloat.

I now have a life that has been thoroughly shaken, not stirred. I am waiting to see how it will all work out. I wonder if it will be as good as James Bond’s vodka martini.

Thankfully nature has disregarded all this hoopla and spring has shown up. I am a gardener, who loves perennials. As planned, my yard is being invaded by spring flowers of crocus, daffodils and tulips, just like they always do this time of year. In addition, the robins have returned and the temperature is starting to rise. Spring brings me a sense of renewal. It is keeping my life in balance.

In times where life is shaken up, I find a sense of camaraderie that sprouts up. Yes, it can get tense as pressure builds, tempers start to flair, frustration for the overload of information and new challenges being tossed in.

As I struggled to find my balance through this turmoil, I leaned on kindness. My objective each day is to be as helpful as I can. I also work on being patient with the people I live with, work with and provide service to. Kindness is good for my soul. Parts of me are very grateful that my life has been shaken up. The other part wants a martini.

By Mary Guldan-Lindstrom, CPA

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