We know COVID19 is all we hear all around us all the time and we bet you might be growing a bit tired of it. But if you, like us, believe that everything happens for a reason, amidst another lockdown and the new year ahead – isn’t it time for new hope?!
What are our lessons learned and how are we going to apply them going forward? Do we want to be reactive or proactive in our lives?
Why are all those questions important – because of our wellbeing!
Because we believe that we all deserve to lead happy and fulfilling lives and that is absolutely attainable if we only take the driver’s seat. You know sometimes we need a different perspective so here is an interesting one, curtesy of Adele Peters from the Fast Company:
“What would happen if the world reacted to climate change like it’s reacting to the coronavirus?
What would a fast, coordinated, collective response to climate change look like?”
Just let that sink in for a bit…
“We’ve seen that governments can act, and people can change their behavior, in a very short amount of time,” says May Boeve, executive director of the climate advocacy group 350.org. “And that’s exactly what the climate movement has been asking governments and people to do for years in the face of a different kind of threat—the climate crisis—and we don’t see commensurate action. On the one hand, it shows that it’s possible to do this, and it’s possible for this kind of mobilization of resources to take place in a short amount of time. In that sense, that’s encouraging. But we were never in doubt of that aspect.”
The equivalent applies for our own lives, ladies and gentlemen! For we were never in doubt that taking ownership and responsibility for our decision and actions right here, right now in view of the immediate thread is just as valuable and possible as taking actions proactively for a well-balanced, fulfilling and happy future.
Because it is all statistics and conspiracy theory until it hits painfully close to home right. And we become part of that statistic. And that is just as true for COVID19 as it is for the quality of our lives.
You have probably come accross that video already but in case you have missed it - Before You Catch the Virus
Isn't it amasing what perspective could do?!
The intangibility of the matter does not omit our vital role in it. Or does the problem lie in the instant gratification disease that has spread faster than the virus? Why are we not willing to be present, conscious and alert, to work just as hard and consistent towards something that will not produce immediate praise and pleasure? In the ongoing dilemma we all face: shall I do what feels good now, or instead do what is less fun but will pay off in the future? Which one do you choose more often? And be honest…Have we diminished ourselves to the level of experimental mice with just the basic instincts?!
Or have we just gotten sidetracked, victims of the uncontrolled attention competition or trapped in the busyness of the days. There’s a famous proverb: “Sometimes life turns your world upside down so you’d learn to live the right side up”. So is the current pandemia a wake up call from the rat race?
Are you awake?
How would you utilize your “freedom” when you have it back?
How would you hug when you can hold others close again?
How present will you be at your next gathering with friends and family?
How mindful will you be during your next walk or weekend trip?
Will you put your devises away and have a genuine and real connection now that you had to exist through virtual reality for so long?
Will you stop to smell the roses?...Do you do it now? For every coin has two sides and the frequent social distancing makes no difference.
What are the things you’d indulge in which you never had the time for before?
Will you finish that book you always wanted?
Will you try that recipe you had your eye on?
Will you watch that movie that you never got around to?
Will you play with your kids?
Will you dance freely because nobody’s watching?
Will you just sit quietly, no filters, no vanity, no noise…
So if everything happens for a reason and we got to spend more time in our homes, we have more time to do what we love. Let’s spend some time reflecting on the ways that are unique to our own genius. We so often doubt ourselves and what we are good at — to the point that it stops us from taking the next step toward our highest desires. We believe that our gifts are not unique gifts. We believe that our talents come easily to everyone else, when in reality, we are incredibly gifted. While some people may be good at our talents or able to learn them quickly, they may not necessarily enjoy it. When we enjoy them though, our passion and energy shines through our work. And then work becomes effortless and enjoyable when we are living in true alignment with our soul and hearts’ desires.
Whatever it is you decide to do, don’t forget to reach to family and friends, seek connection, ask for support if you need it.
For those that continue to share the home office with the family, just consider them as your transfer colleagues from another office and don’t sweat it if they don’t quite fit the “corporate culture” 😊
Stay safe, stay sane, stay connected!