Facing Hard Times, One Step-At-A-Time

As I sit here writing this message to you, what I hope more than anything is that you are well, that your loved ones are well, that all the people around you are well.

It is a difficult time. Just as we finally move through the winter and towards the lightness of spring, we find ourselves in a new reality.  In trying to understand what is going on, we have had to open ourselves to a flood of information that can both shock the nervous and paralyze us at the same time.  It’s hard to know what to do.

A guiding practice for me throughout my life, has been “do just one thing”. Take one step forward.  It can be any step, but the step itself keeps us from shutting down and believing that we are powerless.

We may not be able to control the external events, but we can “do just one thing” and when that’s done, we do the next thing.

Some of my “just one things” of the past week have included:

  • Signing up for Instacart and having my groceries delivered.  This eased the anxiety of crowds and the stress of people becoming impatient.  My groceries came right to my doorstep – how lovely is that.
  • When out shopping, showing kindness and concern to the cashiers who are making it possible for us to receive the goods we need.
  • Without going overboard, my husband made a pharmacy trip to make sure we had our cold/flu remedies on hand.  While we would normally get these as needed, I thought they might deplete given the way people are hoarding so we bought one bottle each of pain reliever, cold/flu medicine, and cough syrup.
  • I cleaned my art room and my desk.  Cleaning is a go-to for me when I want to get out of my head and be productive.  And, my desk and art room sorely needed the loving attention. 
  • Pause and breathe.  Alternate nostril breathing helps calm the nervous system.
  • I’m learning how to live stream yoga and exercise classes on the television.  My husband also moved my exercise bike up from the basement.  It’s now staring me in the face each time I go into the kitchen begging for a ride 😊
  • If your children are home, check out the Kids Activities Blog for lots of resources.
  • If you teach live classes and are thinking about moving to online, here’s a great checklist to download and prepare yourself.
  • If you find yourself leading teams remotely for the first time, I put together a free on-demand class on Leading Remote Teams here
  • Checking in and saying “I love you”.
  • Praying for the planet.

Today, (after I send off this email!) my next “one thing” will be to allow the joy of spring returning into our lives.  I’m going to our local farm and garden to find a few items to spruce up the mantle and remind ourselves that this too shall pass.messa

The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

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As you continue to take care of yourself and your loved ones, remember, we are all in this together.

With love and light,

Terri

 

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