I hope you are safe & healthy.
The novel Coronavirus has disrupted our way of life in the most unexpected ways.
It is understandable if you have anxiety about what happens next.
I'm homeschooling a 4-year-old & 12-year-old & wondering how long is this the "new normal". But there's hope.
This year has been about breaking down walls for me.
Wall breaking involves upending your usual perspective, seeing life differently & acting on it. Be careful what you wish for, right?
If ever there was an upending situation, this is it. There's an opportunity here.
It is not about what happens; it is about how we respond to it.
Though we are "social distancing" & living differently, this is the time to lean into the change.
During 9/11, I was a junior in college.
The act was horrific and devastating and none of us knew what was coming next.
To say there was high anxiety on campus was an understatement.
When we returned to class, many professors encouraged us to talk about how we were feeling and share our concerns.
But my world history professor didn't.
He told us he was a proponent of meditation. He spent the first day back teaching us about meditation.
He said for the first 5 minutes of each class we would sit in meditation and those that didn't want to participate could wait quietly.
And each day we came in, some meditated, others silently prayed, and some sat quietly.
It was a powerfully calming 5 minutes.
My professor decided to focus on one thing that had meaning for him in those turbulent times.
And I bet when he thinks about 9/11, he remembers it was when he shared meditation with all his students.
A heart-warming thought.
During our uncertain times, I encourage you to decide on a positive activity that will be your "Remember when..." thing.
It may be something that you've wanted to do but never found time for.
Or it could be something you want to share with others.
Or maybe it's helping an elder, friend, or care provider.
Whatever you are moved to do.
Whether the walls encroaching on your life right now are in your home or a medical facility, think outside the walls.
What is within your control?
One meaningful activity can create a lasting positive memory.
You got this!
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!