Six months. That is how far we are into the pandemic… at least in the US. Yes, I know. There were cases before then. But March marks the start of the social effects of pandemic. Lock down. Restrictions. Social distance. Six months.
And many people are feeling the effects! I would go so far as to saying most, but plenty would contact me to tell me that they are not.
If you are feeling the effects, I am speaking to you. Do you find yourself just… listless? Out of sorts? Lost in things to do, but not getting them done?
That feeling you are having is not a new one, just from the pandemic. It dates back to the ancient Greeks. It was an idea that Christian writers discussed as the distraction of monks and others. In fact, it was a thought process Christian writers warned against, as it can spiral.
And here we sit, 1/2 of a year into feeling the effects of a pandemic. And many people are feeling just a bit… acedic. The term for this feeling was Acedia. That listless, not caring, ought-to-be-doing-something restlessness, where nothing actually gets done.
Is that the feeling you have?
It is perfectly normal… which is different than saying it is helpful. So while it is no surpirse you are feeling it, let’s talk about the acedia antidote.