The Unique Opportunity We All Have

This morning as I sat down to make a plan for how I’d like the business to operate during this time it occurred to me that these are very unique circumstances.

My mind was drawn back to September 11th, 2001. The last time in my memory that our economy and life was tangibly interrupted. It occurred me that during that event, unless you were a person or family directly affected, the rest of us had to figure out how to make sense of the event and still go about life. I remember my friends being in school, my parents going to work, and through that trying to figure out what it all meant.

We have a unique opportunity with COVID-19. We can choose to draw inward. To spend time with those who live with us, to play with our kids, meditate, watch the snow fall (if you are here in Bend), and press pause on our daily lives in which we often rush about from place to place.

I have found myself surprised by things like:

  • how messy I let my home office get
  • how much of my day is usually centered around getting out the door
  • how much time I usually spend in the car
  • the sheer amount of people I come in contact with on a daily basis
  • the people I miss seeing throughout my day
  • how quiet my house can be at certain points of the day
  • how much my dog desperately wants my attention
  • how many new questions I can think of to ask Michael within this context of pandemic and client care

I could go on. The point being this; I hope everyone takes time to turn inward, turn off the news, connect with your breath, your heart, your soul and the loving beings you share your home with and choose to hear yourself during this time.

Here is a meditation if you could use some guidance with this invitation 🙂

Community

For the past year it seems headline after headline reminds me of the importance of community. From the circus of a presidential election to a harsh hurricane season when I read the news Monday about Las Vegas, it was too much. I find myself attempting to learn as many facts in a short scan of the news and then needing a break from it.

It is important to remember flashy news headlines can be addictive. They make us feel under threat and rope us in. And now with social media broadcasting many of the same news stories, it is hard to get away from it.

My true hope is that you can dig deep into your community. Make eye contact and genuinely ask your neighbor, “How are you today?” Take a pause and thank the people you interact with throughout the day. Make plans with friends and family. Play games with your children. Take a break from media. For example, Michael and I quit watching/reading any news or social media after 6pm every day. This gives us a full 12-13 hour break each day. Go for a fall walk with a hot cup of tea.

Be in touch with your humanity.

Media is fear based. Fear sells things and makes people feel isolated.

The only antidote is to be in touch with your humanity and to love the wonderful people in your life.