When your word of the week says, “Relax!” and the world as you’ve known it becomes completely upended, it’s like a bad joke.
You want me to relax when I can’t leave the house?
It’s a bit counterintuitive. You’d think not being able to leave the house; not fulfilling obligations; not even being able to go to the gym would offer abundant opportunities to relax, right?
Ah…but relaxation is a mindset.
I wish I could uninstall my rampant thoughts as easily as a computer USB.
Remembering that every fearful thought begins with “What if?” has helped me to stop negative momentum.
And, if the thoughts we are thinking don’t feel good? Stop milking them.
Further, if the news we listen to heightens our anxiety? Power down that device.
I’m not suggesting to stick our heads in the sand. But I am saying as the CEO of our lives, we need to (more than ever) listen to our internal, emotional gauges. When we feel information overload, take a step back.
Wash your hands.
Then watch something funny or play catch with the dog.
Social distancing needs to be offset by healthy doses of laughter, virtual connection, and generosity.
Rather than focusing on lack, I’ve been considering how I can give. And some of you have been inspiring me greatly!
My friend, the amazingly talented John Russo, has been crooning on Facebook live. What a joy! (I’d pay to subscribe, John, if you had that option…)
The Main Line’s Martha Stewart, Pat Nogar, does live cooking demonstrations on her page (seasoned with big doses of inspiration.)
And I considered, “What can I do?”
Ages ago I bought a software subscription to offer live webinars and it collected dust because of my busy life. Plus, my favorite thing to do is to speak live and in person!
But who’s doing that now?
However, behind my desire to encourage groups in person is not what I’m paid to do, but what I’m made to do.
And that is to be an uplifter.
Nothing else makes me feel more alive. So I’m hosting my first virtual book club webinar on Friday, March 27th at Noon. Pat Nogar is co-hosting with me, it’s free, and will focus on one of the chapters of The Public Servants’ Survival Guide: REST.
We’ll be chatting about how REST is more than getting a good night’s sleep, and that those who master resting in peace have become adept at sidestepping drama. Please register by clicking here.
(Breaking news: There’s always drama. Always will be! )
Long after this pandemic is a memory, there will be drama among in-laws, frenemies, cubicle-sharers, and the real housewives of any community.
I read where the Spanish Flu in 1918 resulted in 50-100 million deaths, but also ushered in a wave of unprecedented self-reflection and personal growth among the populace. King Lear was written when Shakespeare was quarantined during the plague!
What beauty will come from these ashes? Let’s find it together.
And boy, the cards don’t lie. Wait’ll you hear what the new Word of the Weeks is!:
Stay healthy. Know you are loved. And I hope to be with you next Friday!