Hibernation and Boosts

1 Apr

You know, when bears awake from hibernation it takes them a minute to get situated. I mean they just don’t jump out of their cave and be like Yogi where are you at?! They have a sleepwalking period where they kind of ease out of it.

And this is where I’ve been … hibernating writer hiatus. I hadn’t planned it of course, I hadn’t planned any of them. Certain life events hit you harder than others and it takes you a minute to rebound from certain setbacks or bouts of depression. Just they way it is sometimes.

But life keeps moving even if you’re standing still.

After catching my breath, and as I was revving up to make my comeback, this unexpected series of unfortunate life events of blockbuster proportions landed on us all and we found ourselves in different roles with added workloads and no MacGyver-like gadgets to help save the day.

And I was okay. I mean I had concerns, just like everyone else. But because of the rough patch, a different perspective provides the specs for me on this. The Resilience. I was able to find that special place when community connection seemed to have been put on pause.

There’s comfort in knowing that many selfless people like doctors, nurses, janitors, educators, farm workers, grocery clerks and other community members stepped up to bat for a lot of people. Humanity found in the little crevasses of the cities brings hope to a profoundly troubled time, like when you hear of the college student down the street buying groceries for the elderly lady in the pink apartment building, or the teachers in a small caravan of cars driving through the neighborhood to say hello to their students, whom they hadn’t seen in a couple weeks, or to the multiple chalk artists taking to sidewalks across town trying to brighten someone’s day, or the Italian restaurant owner 15 minutes away giving away free spaghetti and meatballs with breadsticks because he felt the need of his community when there wasn’t much left at the markets.

It’s the small things that can create cataclysmic shifts. And so I find that practicing gratitude creates the little boosts needed for the big take-off.


That’s where I found myself. Returning to my Word of the Year and finding that I had picked the one that was right for the moment … Boost!

Everyone could use one, especially now. A physiological, psychological, spiritual, and intellectual uplifting And you can always get that from the good spirit of people, the grace they show for others, as well as for themselves, and these you can find in the tiny cracks and crevasses of communities. The feel-good stories that don’t always make the front page, but should definitely highlighted.

So keep your eyes open and when you find the feel-goods share them. Their impact could be what someone needs to come out of hibernation.

Buen Camino my friends!

11 Responses to “Hibernation and Boosts”

  1. Sorryless April 2, 2020 at 1:16 PM #

    Good to see you, Cali.

    Hope all is well with you and the famiglia.

    • The Guat April 2, 2020 at 7:18 PM #

      We’re doing good here. Just hanging at home with that distance learning and keeping my balance by watching some comedy at night. Trevor Noah is always good for a laugh :)sending you good vibes and hope you are safe!!

      • Sorryless April 3, 2020 at 1:20 PM #

        It seems California was ahead of most states in terms of their application of certain rules meant to stem the spreading of the virus. I know in PA we did a piss poor job and are now playing catch up, which doesn’t work.

        I’ve watched more TV in the past couple weeks than I watched in the previous six months I think! Seeing as how theaters are now offering their movies at home, I watched The Invisible Man last weekend. Excellent flick. I might order Joker tomorrow.

        Continue being safe and I’m sending positive vibes to you and yours.

        • The Guat April 4, 2020 at 9:24 PM #

          Duuuuuuude I know! Some of us have been laying low with the TV on well at least you weren’t Spring Breakin it if Florida! But I do hope you’re keeping safe. We’ve been laying low, distant learning and inside activities:) and sports with just us. Ha. I’ve also been catching up with everything in my queue. Soon I’ll have to start rewatching The Wire! 🙂

          Stay safe!

          • Sorryless April 5, 2020 at 1:58 PM #

            I’ve been getting into Netflix and movies a lot more. Staying active with my running and exercise regimen because otherwise it would be insanity for me. I moved to overnights (retail) so I don’t come into direct contact with the public right now. Only problem being this stuff sticks to everything so I come home and do wash. Every day. Doing lots of wash.

            I’ve never seen The Wire!

            You stay safe as well, hermana.

          • The Guat April 17, 2020 at 10:13 PM #

            Duuuuuude. I’m glad you’re keeping up your regimen. Me too. Definitely work out with the kids too. Have to otherwise I’m out of sorts all day. Glad you’re not in contact with a lot of peeps that could be trouble but glad you’re being careful. And washing is crazy! So much washing!

          • Sorryless April 18, 2020 at 5:20 PM #

            Working overnight for the first time in ages takes some getting used to, but I would rather do so as it keeps me out of the day to day interactions with the gen pop. Especially when a lot of the gen pop do not abide by the rules.

            Running, every other day. Exercising six days a week and paalenty of ice water. That’s my jam.

          • The Guat April 18, 2020 at 9:00 PM #

            Duuuude night time work is definitely safer. Apparently there were some fools protesting social distancing down south here and their stupidity astounded me as they came out on the paper saying this stuff was just a cold or a hoax. So YES definitely working at night will take some getting used to sleep pattern and all but safer. Good luck bud! And keep jamming your jam 🙂

          • Sorryless April 19, 2020 at 5:48 AM #

            These people are everywhere. The “Liberty Rebellion” in Idaho is a group of “Patriots” (currently the most overused words in the English language) whose GOAL it is to undermine the steps we are taking to stay safe.

            Do people not understand context? And what of the fact that when these people get sick, they will demand their governments do something about it? So dumb.

          • The Guat April 17, 2020 at 10:19 PM #

            PLUS! PLUS! Oh my God! You HAVEN’T seen The Wire?! YOU NEED TO GET ON THAT! It’s one of my favorite shows of EVER. You’ve got to get on that! HBO is having some kind of limited free service on their Apps and it has The Wire, Barry, and Veep! DUDE. Tell me you’re gonna watch it and we will discuss it’s awesomeness 🙂

          • Sorryless April 18, 2020 at 5:23 PM #

            It’s on Netflix or Prime. I can start. LOL.

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