The Imbalance of Productivity

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 2, 2020 6:51:20 AM

April 23, 2020

I think I might have become a Hobbit since quarantine began.  Maybe I’ve always been one pretending to live a human life.  I had breakfast today.  Then second breakfast.  At 10:30 am I had my Elevensies…it was a potato chip sandwich.  Lunch was served at 1 p.m.  Then, around 3 p.m., just before a zoom meeting, I cracked open a tasty Oreo cookie pudding cup!  I also haven’t traveled very far from my Hobbit hole in the last few weeks.  I’m quite content nestled here in my Shire with my snacks, my puppy, and some trashy TV at the end of the day. 

 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services

Tethers

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 2, 2020 6:48:55 AM

April 22, 2020

Have you noticed the sunshine today?  The tree outside my window is bursting with bright young leaves.  It’s eager and green leaves brush gently against the bright blue sky. The audacity! It’s disgusting…I mean can’t I just sit here in the darkness of my hovel and relish in my depressive isolation?  Can’t I just turn myself inward and get lost in the chaos of self-doubt and indulge my fear and anxiety?  Why can’t I just sit here and eat an entire jar of JIF peanut butter one spoonful at a time and just eat all my feelings?  Does nature have to be so cheery and warm and delightful?

 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services

STOP It.

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 2, 2020 6:46:16 AM

April 21, 2020

 

I came across a meme recently that depicted a conversation between a person trying to sleep and their overly active, anxious imagination.  The imagination said with disgust as the person slept soundly “I don’t even know who you are anymore, it’s like you don’t even care about that thing you did in third grade!”  I’ve never felt more seen!  My name is Daniel and I have anxiety! 

 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services

FOUR Seasons

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 2, 2020 6:43:54 AM

April 20, 2020

I saw a tweet recently where someone wrote: I hope season 2 of 2020 is better than season 1!  I felt that in my soul!  This has been the hardest 4 months for many of us. We have all altered how we live and relate to the world around us.  We have all struggled to adjust to a new normal in hopes that our old normal or some piece of it will return.  We have all found ourselves wondering what might come next or how long we will have to endure this crisis.  I am hopeful that what comes as a result of our deep grief is a restoration of life, not so much a resurrection of the old, but a restoration to something better. 

 

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You Deserve to be Loved

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 1, 2020 1:51:07 PM

April 16, 2020

After I finished up weekly paperwork this morning I noticed something felt off. So I ate my lunch…at 10:30 a.m. That wasn’t it.  I drank some water.  Then a Diet Coke.  Still, not quite it.  The only thing left was a Reese’s Easter Egg.  Nope.  That didn’t quite fix it.   So I made a few phone calls and did a little work.  Still, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off.

 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services

Undaunted Heroes

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 1, 2020 1:43:14 PM

April 15, 2020

Have you ever wondered what type of superhero you’d be if you were suddenly empowered with some super ability?  I have!  And I already posses my super power in abundance!!!! No it’s not invisibility or super strength.  Those are cool and all!  I mean who wouldn’t want to be a Superman or Wonder Woman?!?!?  I don’t mind those types of super powers, I guess they’re ok if that’s all you got!  However!!! I’ve got a superpower no amount of kryptonite can weaken: The Power to Be Awkward in Any Given Situation!!!!! I know, looking at me you might think to yourself “hey, that guy looks like one of the cool kids!”  Sure, I’ve got the look but it’s mostly a disguise, like Clark Kent’s glasses and slicked back hair!  But one quick twirl or blink of an eye POOF!!!! AWKWARDO IS HERE!!!!!!

 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services

Discovery

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 1, 2020 1:39:42 PM

April 14, 2020

I woke up to a reminder that today is my dog Parker Paisley’s official adoption day.  Two years ago we made her an official part of the Tipton-Andersen household. She woke me up at 6:30 a.m. with her favorite ball ready to play! Easter candy is now 50% off. (Starburst jelly beans and Reese’s eggs are my favorites)  I bought new shoes online two weeks ago.  They finally arrived today.  They’re fancy and I got them at 1/3 the original price.  I love a good deal! I did some joint telehealth visits with Kaitlyn and Brandon today.  A patient smiled.  One fell asleep while Kaitlyn sang.  One even said I was good looking.  These are just a few of the good things that happened today.  But I don’t feel “good”…and that has me worried.    

 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services

Who Am I?

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 1, 2020 1:36:58 PM

April 13, 2020

Again, it’s Monday…I think it’s still April…It still feels like 2020…I’m pretty sure I’m still Daniel…I was able to get up after a long night of stormy weather, get dressed, make a pot of coffee…I filled up my calendar with lots of wonderful things to accomplish ahead of me…And now, I don’t know where to start. 

Have you ever heard of the existential term “ennui”? Ennui is defined as sense of listlessness or dissatisfaction usually due to a lack of occupation or excitement.  As I look at the column of blue on my Monday calendar I know I don’t have a lack of occupation.  There’s plenty of work to occupy my day.  Am I just tired? Preoccupied? Lazy?

 

Maybe I’m having a crisis of identify. 

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Injury

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 1, 2020 1:33:12 PM

April 10, 2020

I’m naturally a creature of habit.  I love my routines.  They keep me safe, on track, and on task.  Every work day, my alarm goes off, I open up my phone to check my calendar, I take the dogs out for a walk, I feed them, and I get dressed for the day.  I pour a cup of coffee, watch about 30 minutes of the morning news, and eat breakfast.  I’m a man with a plan, and I like to stick to it! One of the first lessons I learned in my seminary church internship, however, was that my need for a plan and the needs of my congregation might not always align. This small Kentucky church taught me that no matter what the bulletin says was next, the leaky roof dripping on the communion table or the swarm of lady bugs on the pulpit might not be so inclined to follow MY plan.  I had to quickly learn to bend without breaking.

 

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Spiritual Disciplines

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 1, 2020 1:29:10 PM

April 9, 2020

Ok…so True Confession time:  As a Christian minister and an ecumenical chaplain I help people across the spiritual spectrum with their emotional and spiritual wellbeing at every stage of life.  I’ve been present at the births (and deaths) of babies, at the death (and birthing) of the aged and everything in between.  One of the greatest joys in my work is creating sacred spaces, even in the most difficult of experiences, where the divine comes closer and connections are made stronger.

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services