April 21st. That is the date of my last newsletter – what has happened to time? Have you felt a blurring of days, peppered with forgetfulness, distraction and well, 101 emotions moving through you in any given day?
It’s a ride for sure. One I would love to exit and I’m sure you would too. As this is currently not possible, I’m wielding my power of choice like a rock star wields a fire throwing electric guitar! How’s that for a visual? 😉
Initially I chose to climb onto the Zoom wagon, facilitating a few meetings – two went great, one fell flat. Led a light learning Zoom course “Resistance to Resilience”– that was fabulous! Continued mentoring clients and then grabbed my ‘POWER OF CHOICE’ wand and made decisions…
#1: I’m not writing because my calendar says I should. I’ll wait until my heart says – “okay, now is good!”
What are you doing that is led by the shoulds?
#2: I implemented a May-Atorium from social media. My choice is to not be led by algorithms and experts telling me that if I’m not present every day, I’ll be invisible. So be it!
How about you – is there something you can let go of to support your well-being?
#3: After a 3-week quarantine, I chose to gather up a few friends (one at a time) and began walking two arm lengths apart and two hearts beating together. These weekly encounters feed my soul!
What choices are you making that feed your soul?
#4: After removing myself from the noise of social media a whoosh of clarity blew in with a message, that I don’t think is just for me…
A future that supports the well-being of humanity, our planet, our business’s, our community’s will thrive with clarity and simplicity and fail with complexity and complication.
#5: I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what feels simple and what feels complicated both internally and externally. The choice I’m making is to purge another layer – from the shelves in our home – from the emotions that were taking me down (hence my social media departure) to my website…clearing out the clutter of words – a project in progress.
What feels complex to you and where can you simplify?
#6: Choosing to re-orient. Every. Single. Day. We truly are in transition every day. There is not one thing that is known for sure about Covid-19 or about the choices our government will make…this daily uncertainty requires consistent re-orientation of your mind, body and soul.
Are you checking in with yourself daily to feel where alignment is needed?
#7: Lucky 7! This time of uncertainty, if you choose, can be an extraordinary opportunity to re-orient to a future with more ease, clarity, health and happiness!
With this thought in mind, I’m excited to share a 30-minute podcast interview with Kelly Covert, an Inner Voice Coach and a professional flutist (first I’ve met!). She told me the podcast would go live in September, but at the end of our Tuesday morning conversation, she was so inspired she said “this is going live tomorrow!”
CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast episode to further your exploration of simplifying and re-orienting to what matters most!
Thank you for being here, for reading what I write and for being a person who’s willing to explore new ideas and new ways of thinking and being.
You’re a rock star!!
I’ll admit I’ve not read Marie Kondo’s book, but I get the gist…keep what uplifts you, let go of what does not bring you joy.
The past two years I’ve purged my closet (and house) multiple times. Slowly distilling material possessions down to ‘what brings me joy’ – sort of…as often what brings me joy…especially in the clothing department brings up the question, “do I want to take a vacation, or wear my vacation?”
This morning as I turned pages of the J. Peterman catalog, wondering how the heck I got on that mailing list, while simultaneously being entertained by the elaborate descriptions, I spotted a dress – not just any dress, an “East Meets West…but we’d never ask you to stay in one place…100% silk georgette…that highlights your décolletage” dress. For a split second, I imagined slipping this dress on, the feel of the silk against my skin and then walking the 30’ to my home office.
I recycled the magazine. Which brings me to…Marie Kondo – ing Your Life.
Morning have always been my favorite part of the day. For me mornings signify a day full of possibilities.
But as I peer through the looking glass of life gone past, I see how I confused “possibility” with “productivity.” Or more aptly – over-productivity.
This unique situation we’re in together, that has caused a slowing worldwide is a beautiful opportunity to dream into new possibility; to shed what no longer serves you, to let go of ‘ways of being’ that due to cultural pressure you’ve been forcing upon yourself, to settle in and ask questions like:
Decades ago, I was working at a service counter when a customer glanced down at what I had written, whips her head up and says, “you don’t like being told what to do!” I was young then and responded with an uncomfortable giggle, followed by a quiet whisper of “how did you know?” Turns out, she was in the business of handwriting analysis and she was spot on.
Fast forward to today. We are all being told what to do – stay home, stay away—mind you, for a very good reason and I’m wholeheartedly adhering, but still…inside I’ve felt a niggling nudge of – “don’t tell me what to do!” I’m having moments of wanting to throw a little kid fit – I don’t want this, I don’t want hard, I don’t want a recession, I don’t want friends sick. I want to go back to normal! Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!
How are you? I mean really…How. Are. You?
Are you breathing? Where is fear living within you…and why? Where is calm living within you…and why? What’s frustrating, infuriating, confusing, worrisome? What gives you hope?
This is an extraordinarily unsettling time for so many. Livelihood is at stake. Business owners are in shock. Breadwinners are told to go home. There is no normal. There is no reference point – on a world scale, we have never been in this position before.
Acknowledge what you’re feeling without embodying your feeling. Instead of saying “I’m so worried” try “worry is present.” By removing “I” and acknowledging the presence of what you’re feeling, such as – “anger has shown up,” it’s easier to feel in without becoming your emotion.