All We Have Is Now

As scary and heart wrenching and even terrifying as it is during this time, now is all we have. The past is filled with our memories, and COVID 19 has so throughly transformed our world we truly don’t know what the world will be like when we emerge on the other side of this.


But what we do with our time, our life of now, is up to us. I’m not advocating that we look at the world through rose colored glasses and pretend that everything is fine. We know it isn’t. I’m saying that each of us have strengths, and each of us know what helps us feel more whole. I can’t see my grown daughters at the moment, and I can’t hug my grandchildren. But I can still notice beauty. And that is one of the things that is helping me make my way through this. What we do right now matters. Our children (or our grandchildren) will ask us one day, “Grammy, what was it like? How did you make it through?” I’d like to have some answers for them.


What is helping you navigate this difficult path forward?


Please leave word in the comments. We can draw strength from each other.

❤ Hannah

9 thoughts on “All We Have Is Now”

  1. I just take it one day at a time and keep busy. Remember quarantine restrictions in France are very strict by comparison with US and UK.

    1. One day at a time and keeping busy are what I do also. It’s a very good strategy. How strict the restrictions are here in the US depends on the state you live in, since we are getting zero helpful guidance at the national level. (Well, the scientists are great, but the administration only makes things worse.) Luckily I live in a state that follows science, and we took serious restrictions very early, so our illness and death rates are lower than many. Also, we only have one city as densely populated as NYC, which helps. Where do you live in France, Sheree?

      1. Oh, you’re *very* south! I’ve only been to Paris and Normandy. I understand that the Cote D’Azur is absolutely beautiful. If I’m able to get back to France, I’d love to explore the south 🙂

      2. It’s gorgeous but then I’m very biased. However, I love pretty much everywhere I’ve been in France, particularly the SW.

  2. I love the progression of the shots Hannah. They truly tell the story.
    I feel very fortunate that my life hasn’t been turned upside down as others’ have. I miss the freedom to move around and I would so love to hug my son. But I know he is well and that my parents are being cared for. And I have my little garden and my fig tree!!

    1. Thank you, Su. I, too, feel fortunate. We are allowed outside for exercise, grocery shopping, and medication. I don’t need to leave the building for the groceries or medication (I can order the few things I need on line). Or if we live in an apartment, we are allowed out to walk our dogs. We still need to wear masks and keep 6 feet apart, but it allows me to walk a mile a day with my dog which makes all the difference in terms of both my physical and mental health. And allows me to take a few quick photos. 🙂

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