The pandemic has put us all in many strange situations. We take out instead of going to our favorite restaurants. We ZOOM with our families instead of seeing them in person. We worry about the effectiveness of the shots to hold the virus at bay. We work from home and no longer have lunch with our workmates.
Many changes have happened in my practice. I no longer see any clients in person. My office building is so close to empty, that I come home when my secretary does, for safety. (This was decreed by my husband, daughter, and secretary.)
Times are weird and things feel crazy.
I urge you to BE BOLD. Take back your time. Look at this pandemic as a way to indulge your deepest desires. Find good things to do with the hours you no longer spend commuting, and more than that.
Take back your time. Take action on what moves the needle towards what matters to you.
What do you need to turn your confusion into clarity?
What do you need to turn your procrastination into momentum?
GIVE PERMISSION TO YOURSELF.
Give yourself permission to do what is best for your health and well being and your recovery. Permission means asset allocation and authority. Give yourself permission to follow your food plan and do what is best for your body. Make no excuses to others. Eat the food that is best for you and only that food.
Give yourself permission to feel your feelings. No need to fix it or change it or cover it up or make it wrong to feel this way. Just accept how you feel.
Give yourself permission to indulge. Read a novel. Take a hot bath. Make a mess. Do the loving thing you have been postponing.
Give yourself permission to try something new, even if you may fail. Failure can be a form of growth. A life spent making mistakes is much more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
Come as you are and as you are not. Cherish your internal resources; know what is yours to do and show up to do it. Choose the actions you can take and have wanted to take.
Author your own life. Tell the truth to yourself and then to others who care. Take a stand. Claim what you want and let go of the rest. Carefully take the steps that lead you to the life you want. Reach out for effective help when you need it.
Take tiny steps. Choose the easy ones. Break it down into manageable steps. But take action on what you want. Refuse to be distracted.
Batch your tasks. Just do 15 minutes if you need to. But stay focused and do what needs to be done.
Take this time. Right now. Today. Think and pray about what you want, then make a plan to get what you need and make it count. Life is too short to spend it in sadness and regret for what you did not try to do and what you really want.
Practice aggressive self-care. Put yourself first and fill your own pitcher so that your work can be of value to you, and perhaps to others.
Put a real priority on what you want and need in your life. Give yourself the things that delight you. Give yourself the things you want and need. Then enjoy.
My son would call this blog “My Mother’s Rant” and he would be right. I too am ready to make changes in my life.
Please comment. I would love to know if this rant is helpful to you.
Blessings to you,