"There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore."
- Laurie Halse Anderson
The entire modern world is at a standstill.
Streets are empty.
Playgrounds are eerily quiet.
Music venues are silent.
Sport fields are barren.
Going out in public is a risky adventure.
Alarm clocks are unset.
Dogs enjoy company all day.
Neighbors help neighbors.
Hitting a collective pause button has never happened in our lifetimes. It was inconceivable.
So much was lost when we hit the pause button. Big games, weddings, birthday parties, family vacations, grand openings, anniversary celebrations, graduations, baby showers and countless other special occasions.
When external activities disappear from our calendars, what's left? What are the side-effects of this crisis?
In the midst of a pandemic that has disrupted our daily lives, this is where the magic resides.
We can choose to focus on the moments that matter.
We can embrace the surprising side-effects of our lives on hold. We can graciously accept that aspects of our former lives will undergo a transformation beyond our control. We can linger in the unknowing of when our new normal might begin. This pandemic will pass. We will all have new beginnings. There is no going back.
Embrace the magic because we'll never have this time again.
Happy New Year! You can find advice on starting 2019 "right" everywhere these days, but here's what I've been sharing with my patients because these simple tools really work for me as an entrepreneur and as a mom.
Tool #1: Create a Vision Board
Definitely one of my favorite family projects. The day after Christmas, we cleared our Christmas table, collected every magazine & catalog we could find in our house, pulled out glue sticks & scissors, and got to work clipping images for our 2019 vision boards.
Everyone got into it, even my toddler (although her board was very ice cream-centric, haha)! Here's how to get started...
Tool #2: Start Using a Daily Journal/Planner
There are so many different kinds of planners, so look around until you find one right for you. Many will prompt you to set goals/intentions for the day/week/month/quarter/year. My favorites (with non-sponsored hyperlinks):
Tool #3: Record Your Gratitude
The adage "Like attracts like" applies to gratitude and blessings. As Jack Canfield wrote, "When you're grateful for what you already have, you will naturally attract more for which you can be grateful." There is something magical about writing down your blessings every day. It takes your thanks from a thought to a physical action (writing it on paper). Do it everyday for a month and I promise you'll see significant blessings appear in your life. The best part about this daily practice is that no special equipment is needed... all you need is any piece of paper (back of a junk mail envelope is ok!) and a pen or pencil.
Tool #4: Listen to Inspiring Podcasts
Podcasts are a great (free!) way to shift your mindset any time of the day. Much like a reading a book or listening to music, podcasts allow you to escape and enter a different space. These are my current favorites for motivation:
Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM
Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM practices Oriental & Chinese Medicine in Hawaii and Texas.