And so it was in the TIME OF COVID…..
Most lovely team members – if you are fans of Narnia, The Hobbit or Harry Potter – we seemed to have slipped into a world beyond the wardrobe, embarked on an impossible journey and are endeavoring to become wizards – without the help of talking fauns, elves or magic wands.
Unlike the travelers in The Hobbit, you did not sign up for this and yet, like the children in Narnia, you are being asked to save a world.
And as with the classmates at Hogwarts, there are competing needs, rigorous coursework, its completely unreal and summer vacation isn’t a part of the narrative.
Teams are forced to engage in telepractice while creating new life/work balance. Teams successfully finish a seemingly eternal month of initial IFSP’s, reviews and annuals, evaluations, meetings with school partners. Chapter ends with team members feeling stressed, wondering when this will ever end, not sure of how to keep going, not sure if others are aware of their stress, feeling incapable and lonely.
Chapter 2 —
This is the chapter we get to write this month – what would you like to see be a part of our team’s story in the next few weeks?
This is what I’d like to have happen for myself – continued connection among team and other staff members, celebrations of joy while exploring and reflecting on distinct challenges, kindness.
I only know teensy bits of the roads you all are walking now and I’m working hard to practice empathy and hope that you will too. When the ways we are able to communicate and be with each other are so limited, there are sure to be misunderstandings, leaps to judgement, feelings of not being valued.
The photo journal I have at home had Transition as the theme for March and for April it is Strength:
Let this be part of what we bring to the table in the coming weeks. I hope that if you are taking a break – then you fill your cups, relax and enjoy what you can in our current world. If you are working, then I hope you will let your pace slow a bit.
I will be working bits and pieces – of course I’m not going anywhere! My calendar is up to date with what I am doing and I’m totally up for chats and check ins.
Thanks to Eli and her sharing of her mindfulness coloring page – Look what Baby at Home is up to now: