How are you doing, really?

Today I am thinking of you and you and you.

Wondering how all of you are doing, really.

It’s been seven long months of this pandemic. The case numbers and deaths are rising and politics can be overwhelming.

Many of us are mostly stuck at home. Many are truly struggling. Many are worried financially.

How are you doing, really?

Are you sad, afraid, worried, happy, joyful, anxious, confused? A little of all at times? What’s happening in your life right now?

I had a rough few days–maybe two weeks ago?–and my friend, Jodi, way out in California, offered to put my name in her “God Box”. She did, and soon after my life brightened and this commitment birthed. I am sending her a teeny-tiny thank you note to put in the box.

That got me thinking. I have a brand new handmade clay pot. My friend, Catherine, is moving from her home and placed it in a giveaway pile a couple of weeks ago. An artist friend of hers created it maybe fifty years ago. I gladly brought it home and sat it next to our recliner. (And on our snowy deck for a photo shoot.)

If anyone would like during the duration of this seventy-five day spiritual commitment–I will put your name in the clay pot on a small piece of handmade paper created by a shaman-artist fella almost twenty years ago. I will ask the Holy Heart to bless you. Love to bless you. God to bless you. Great Spirit to bless you. The Universe to guide and comfort you.

Many folks are experiencing some rough times and could use the healing balms of prayer and love to wrap them warmly up in a nest of goodwill. Even if you’re not having challenging days, it might be soothing for your spirit to cocoon in a Heart vessel within a womb of love and healing blessing.

So how are you doing, really?

P.S. If you don’t wish to share the particulars of how you’re doing, that’s OK, too. Just say the word, and our prayer container will hold you like a loving mother through the next few weeks. ❤

Day 8 of a seventy-five day journey to more deeply connect with God, Spirit, Holy, Love…to explore “What the Heart Knows” during the waning days of 2020.

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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53 Responses to How are you doing, really?

  1. Robin says:

    I am a little of all some days, but this morning I’m feeling blessed from having listened to some poetry and from reading your post. I would very much appreciate it if you’d put my name in the beautiful clay pot. I have a medical procedure coming up this week (on Thursday) and I have to admit that there is some fear swirling around. Deep gratitude for you, for the offer, for your post this morning. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Your post was such a rich blessing this morning, thank you. ❤ I am going to put your name in the clay pot now. And maybe even my own, too. We'll sit in that nest and soak up prayer blessings together, Robin. I pray your medical procedure goes well. Blessings, Robin.

  2. James Moffitt says:

    I enjoyed and appreciate your blog post this morning. I am on vacation until November 3 so I am taking a break from the pressure cooker job I have. We are doing the staycation thing since we do not have enough funds to go anywhere. We are doing day trips here and there so I can get out of the house and not feel cooped up. Yes, the pandemic has been rough on a lot of folks especially in the area of emotions and finances. I am very fortunate I work for a healthcare provider here in SC and I have not been furloughed like a lot of people in other industries. There are days where I feel blah and there does not seem to be a reason other than I am just sick of our nation being shut down and the constant barrage of Covid19 news media spots along with the politics of the election that is gripping our nation. I just want it all to be over with and for the new normal to go away.

    • Kathy says:

      James, thank you for sharing what’s happening with you these days. I am glad you are getting a staycation and can actually get out of the house to go on short trips. So glad also you are doing OK financially, even though all the rest is wearing on you emotionally. Holding you and your family in my heart.

  3. Larissa says:

    This morning I’m full of contempt for chin-diaper-wearing fools in hardware stores, and for someone who I feel is not treating a certain Facebook group’s guidelines with enough respect. It feels like she spat on me! I shouldn’t be talking about this, but I don’t care. Let’s just be glad I’m not telling you the names I’m calling her in my head.

    If you would put this scared angry feral cat part of me in the God Box, I would be very grateful ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Oh Larissa I am so sorry this happened. It is not any fun to feel spat upon by someone not honoring boundaries. This is so understandable and that scared angry feral cat part is going in the God Box right now. I will try to draw a small cat on the piece of paper, too, that the Holy might bless it. xoxo

  4. Anne says:

    I have been home bound for many years. Close friends and family have all passed, but that is okay. It’s comforting to know they are safe. This pandemic is truly horrible in every way possible. Those who can and do go out, always, without fail wear a mask, carry hang sanitizer and keep a distance of at least 15 feet apart as the germs do spread that far and hang in the air for a while after being expelled. As for myself, I have discovered all kinds of hobbies over the years for indoors. Painting, drawing, writing. Improving my memory is the most difficult adventure I have undertaken, but fun. Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I plan on. Many times I ask Jesus for a helping hand. He always makes me happy. Praise the Lord!
    Please, everyone take care of yourself and your families.

    • Marie Maxwell says:

      Anne, what a perfect blessing your words were today. For so many of us, getting used to being in for 7 months has been quite the adjustment. Now the thought of being in for another 7 months seems positively overwhelming. You show us that our attitude towards this is our choice. We can choose to be positive and use this time wisely for a positive impact on our mental health. We can choose to see all the blessings in our lives. Yes, there’s a lot to complain about these days, but we can choose to be part of the solution…stay positive Anne… you’re an inspiration to me!

    • Kathy says:

      Anne, I am so cheered to read of all the different hobbies you’ve discovered to fill your days with happiness over the years. As Marie said–you are an inspiration. To think that you aren’t bored and that you can fill your day with so many exciting things to explore! I also love that you reach out and ask Jesus for a helping hand throughout the day. Love your faith…and that you shared.

  5. Those “chin-diaper-wearing fools” that Larissa mentioned get under my skin, too. I’m all those things you mentioned (sad, afraid, worried, happy, joyful, anxious, confused) at various times, and I would add angry, guilty and grateful to the mix. Life is such an emotional roller coaster these days! But mostly I feel thankful I can fill my days with walks, yoga, jigsaw puzzles, books, blogging, video-chatting, research, listening to music. Anxiety creeps in when my health problem flares up, so for that worry, please put my name in your beautiful clay pot. What a loving gesture. Many blessings to you, Kathy. ❤️

    • Kathy says:

      Hello again, Barbara. It seems like you and me are connecting quite a bit lately. (That was fun last night.) Thank you for sharing all the emotions that are going through you these days–and that you have so many things to do that soothe and help you cope. Health anxiety can be so crippling at times… Am sitting down now to write your name and put it in the clay pot. xoxo (I put a beautiful yellow leaf in there at the bottom so it kinda looks like a nest.)

      • That was an unexpected but delightful bit of fun the other night. 🙂 Thank you so much for adding my name to the sacred clay pot with the yellow leaf. It’s nice to know that there are so many of us in there, all that healing energy is a blessing that I do feel and am appreciating deeply. xoxo

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    The pandemic has conjured numerous emotions. Actually, all of them in us – but not all in everyone of us. After all, each of us are different and deal with circumstances different. I miss my friends and my normal routines. Sure, I’ve established new ones, but I still miss what and who I enjoy. Being appreciative of your thoughts and prayers, sure – add my name to the beautiful pot.

    • Kathy says:

      Frank, that is a very important point. Not all of us will be experiencing all the same emotions because we’re different & unique as fingerprints. Wishing that you–all of us–will be able to spend time with friends and go back to our routines sooner than lately. I really miss traveling to see my family. Pausing now to put your name in the pot. (The color of this particular piece of paper looks like pinkish beach sand so the Holy will know it’s you.)

  7. Tim says:

    What a great idea this is .. to do this 75 days .. very good way to close out the year. Add my name to the God clay pot .. always my first choice but also believe in other methods as well.
    Feeling all of those things at different times during the week, day, or even hour. As well some health issues trying to figure out (not covid related)
    Thank you
    Tim

    • Kathy says:

      Tim, thank you, I am glad you like the 75 day idea. It seemed important to focus on something bigger than our small selves. I am putting your name in the clay pot now with a prayer for your health issues. Thank you for sharing this.

  8. dawnkinster says:

    I am sometimes sad, sometimes confused, often scared, but most of the time, as the music says, “it is good with my soul.” Today I had a little visitor that lifted most of yesterday’s sadness. He was a gift and I am grateful. Still, I would very much like to be in your beautiful clay pot. There are many ways to make a soul sing.

    • Kathy says:

      Wishing I could give you a long hug, Dawn–you’ve been through so much in recent weeks. All of the emotions passing through, but also that your soul is singing that it is good with your soul. I am writing your name now and dropping the handmade paper in the clay pot. Yes, thank you for adding music to our prayers. I can almost here the bowl singing deep inside.

  9. Ally Bean says:

    Overall I’m doing well. I realize that many people are not and I feel a bit bashful about saying I’ve no complaints worth focusing on. I think that in some ways this year, odd as it has been, has been a good one for me forcing me to deal with personal issues and inherited stuff and insincere people. I feel stronger and calmer. Not happy about the pandemic or the politics mind you, but more centered perhaps. And yes, should you feel the inclination to include me in your fascinating clay pot, I’d be much obliged. Such a generous offer. Thanks.

    • Kathy says:

      Ally, I so get about maybe not wanting to say that we’re doing good when we see so many others suffering. But I’m also glad to hear you’ve dealt with a lot of stuff and that your spirit is more peaceful and centered. Pausing now to write out your name and gently place it in the nest-pot with a prayer for your well being and thanks for your spirit.

  10. Kim Scheible says:

    Kathy, loved your post. I would like you to put in your prayer pot a huge prayer for our State and Nation as a whole. It is so badly divided and polarized. Families are divided over the election and the virus beliefs as well, I pray for peace for all.

    • Kathy says:

      Kim, thank you for suggesting this prayer for our state and country. Oh my goodness, so many of us have felt so divided and polarized this year. I will stop now and truly pray for a few minutes because this is such an important prayer for all of us. xoxo

  11. lisaspiral says:

    I could use some of this support! Graduate school is a blessing and a challenge, more so because of Covid restrictions. It’s hard to research when you can’t GO to the library. There is also plenty of family drama and several friends I’m offering support for. Anything that helps refill my well helps. Thank you.

    • Kathy says:

      Lisa, it does sound like you’ve had a rough time with graduate school during these Covid times. And family and friend challenges too…your name is now nestling deep in the clay pot nest along with other kindred souls seeking to open to the power of prayer and love.

  12. Stacy says:

    I had a fantastic day yesterday! But today, reality, which is very worrisome. I humbly request prayers and would love to have my name placed in your pot-o-prayers.

    I humbly ask, too, that the Holy Spirit brings peace to your day. XOXO

  13. leelah saachi says:

    I would love to be placed there too – with humble wishes for GOOD and relaxing sleep.It would be an amazing gift. Thank you for this offer! ♥

  14. A lovely idea Kathy. I’ve been interested to read about your first week on this spiritual journey, I hope it continues to be fruitful.

  15. Susan D. Durham says:

    I’m having a day when my words won’t come. They’re stuck, plugging up the ability to release sadness, grief, and resentment. This kind of experience is rare, thank goodness, but yucky when I’m in it. My life is rich, blessed, and wonderful, most of the time. Please put my name in the beautiful clay pot, and give yourself a hug from me. Thank you!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, my dear friend, sorry that it was a rough word-less day yesterday. When those come, it can sure be so challenging. I know how bless & rich your life is, but then there’s always these days. Thank you for the hug and writing down your precious name and putting it in the Holy Heart pot.

  16. Joanne says:

    Aww Kathy, what a lovely thought! You are placing good vibrations into your new clay pot and it will bring you many years of happiness.
    It’s funny you should ask how everyone is doing today. I actually answered that question already in my blog post today. I am doing well, and hope you are too.
    As always, sending thoughts of love and kindness to you. xx

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you for pointing this out, Joanne–that the prayers and names and pieces of paper–are filling the pot with love and that it will continue shining for years to come. Love to you…

  17. Sarah Davis says:

    I love this invitation as I am a mixed bag of emotions. This week became harder as Covid came closer to my circle with friends with it or in isolation. Please add my name to the pot of prayer.

  18. debyemm says:

    We are very worried financially. The Census work was a godsend. I filed for unemployment at the beginning of August. After working with my husband in our own business for 33 years, that was never something I ever expected to find myself doing. It’s not much but it helps. It also helps to know I am one of a multitude – well a little bit at least. We’ve not be able to pay ourselves a regular salary from the business since May.

    An election year is often slow for our business due to uncertainties delaying construction projects. The pandemic didn’t help the situation but thankfully, we’ve had a few orders but nothing large enough to carry us. At 66 and 68, we are just trying to hold off beginning Social Security for the larger monthly payment. We have no other retirement account. Whenever my uncle dies, there is an inheritance from my mom’s parents. Not large but it will help – whenever. We are just too old to really try to “from the ground up” an entirely new business like we did 30 years ago. Complicating it all is having two teenagers at home still dependent on us.

    Happily, with less business and the boys mostly independent of me, there is lots of time to write.
    For the first time in my adulthood; and so, I am making the most of what doesn’t seem like a long time frame to accomplish whatever. Aging has affected my perspective. That’s being honest. Even so, spiritually, I lean on knowing I am always supplied with what I need when I need it because it has always been so. Extra positive energy is never turned down . . . thanks for the offer.

    • Kathy says:

      Deb, I responded to this comment the other day–maybe it was the day we lost our electricity– and it was lost. But want to write again that I am so sorry that you are worried financially. That can be so challenging. Really understand about wanting to wait to get a better social security monthly amount. We are trying to wait a couple more years, too. But it does sound like you truly know that you you will get what you need when you need it. (That may be a title of a blog someday, thank you.) Going to put your name in the pot of prayers right now.

  19. Lori says:

    Sometimes I pray with good wishes for people I’m adamantly opposed to – people who got under my skin. I wish them well and release them to the Universe, something like releasing things by putting them into a God’s box.

    As far as how I’m doing. All of the above (in your post) at different times, but I’m mostly grateful for having all the things I need. A home with heat now that it’s cold. Food for the belly. A husband who loves me. The simple but most important things.

    I hope you’re doing much better now, Kathy. Blessings to you.

    • Kathy says:

      What a lovely practice, Lori. You inspire me to remember to pray for those who challenge me, too. (Sometimes I remember–or can do this–but not always. It seems to be getting easier lately.) Love your list of simple gratitude. And, yes, have been doing quite well, except for a sleepless night or so, especially since beginning this 75 day commitment.

  20. Reggie says:

    What a beautiful practice and what a loving, generous offer, Kathy. This year has been the most wonderful, confusing, frightening, tumultuous, spiritually awakening, challenging, healing… completely mixed up year I’ve ever had! Every aspect of our lives seems to be enhanced somehow.

    Despite its challenges, Lockdown has given us so many unexpected blessings. Easing the restrictions to get our battered economy going and to allow business and industry to recover, which is needed to prevent poverty and civil upheaval from spiraling out of control here, has unfortunately increased the number of cases and thus the seriousness of the risks, and thus also ratcheted up our stress, fear and anxiety levels! Some of us remember with fondness the early peaceful weeks of Lockdown, when we still had faith, hope and trust that this ‘thing’ would be over soon, if we all pulled together and obeyed the rules and stopped the spread… Alas, no.

    Please may I take you up on your beautiful offer, Kathy?

  21. Kathy says:

    Reggie, you have described this year to a “t”. So much happening, so many emotions, so much, so much. I like that blessings can still happen even when things are challenging. Ordinary life sometimes can even be enriched, for some of us, some of the time.

    I put your name in among our names in the clay pot and decided to set it outside in the sunlight this morning. It’s still cold outside, but we’re getting bright beautiful warm weather the next few days. I think the pot will like being out there, our names all incubating like baby bird eggs deep in the womb of life.

  22. Elisa says:

    I am having a little trouble with a resentment of he who must not be named. I SO do NOT want to do the remedy I usually use to let go of resentments. Will you put his name into the pot, I am willing to let it go, so that I can be of better good use. uhm mostly, it’s a minute to minute thing

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