According to goodtherapy.org, coping means: The strategies people often use in the face of stress and/or trauma to help manage painful or difficult emotions. Coping mechanisms can help people adjust to stressful events while helping them maintain their emotional well-being. I am not overly stressed at the moment, although as the year winds down, there is so much to do. I don’t have any real trauma or pain. Personally, I have some coping mechanisms, such as running and waiting to watch Obi-Wan on Disney Plus. Other strategies include eating out, discovering new coffee shops in Hong Kong, hiking, and spending money when I don’t have any.
We have about 10 more days before Summer Break begins. I can’t wait. It has been a very challenging year on many fronts, yet, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this year and spending time with my students. It has been rewarding at times too. This Summer Break will be just as difficult for us, probably, mainly me. People have asked how I’m doing. My response: “Coping.” This doesn’t seem to be the most appropriate answer, especially when I know that God is in control and that He has my life in His hands; however, this is my response. “Coping.”
As some of you may know, we cannot go home to Canada this summer. This is what I am coping with. I am not “stuck” in Hong Kong, but I have a strong desire to be home this time around. I miss my family, friends, and familiarity with Ontario. My boys wish to sit in Tim Horton’s, eat a Boston Cream Doughnut, have a Frosty at Wendy’s, and simply be in a wide-open space.
Am I thankful for what we do have? If I may be a bit transparent? Yes. Sort of. We have plans this summer, and we will probably be quite busy. What I need is to orientate my heart, once again. Be reminded of God’s provision. Be reminded of God’s faithfulness. I will update again sooner than later.