Right after 9/11 my inbox was flooded with emails and my phone was ringing off the hook.
At the time, I was still working as a career strategist, helping people map out their career/life direction and integrate who they are with what they do. 9/11 served as a lightning bolt for my clients. That tragedy woke them up from their lazy slumber. They suddenly became very clear on what they wanted and they were seeking my support on how to make their new life dream a reality—whether that was changing fields or writing a book.
I see the pandemic, and all of the fallout from this, as being another opportunity to help us get clear on how we want to live.
How will you allow this experience to change you? What do you desire to release (perhaps rushing in the mornings, over-scheduling your family, a long commute, a soul-sucking job, too much time at a computer) and what new way of being do you want to keep?
When I posed this question on my Facebook page last week, many of the responses were similar: less rushing, a quieter life, more time in nature, a slower pace, walks first thing in the morning, less travel, more cooking.
The thread throughout all these replies was the desire to live a more intentional life.
We’re entering a time of BIG unknowns and while we’ve survived many unknowns (divorces, career changes, major illnesses, financial upheaval), there was always an end in sight. This time things are a little different. For now, living in the unknown is our new normal. We have no idea how long we’ll be in this state of uncertainty AND we know things will never be the same. How does this sit with you?
This week, I encourage you to reflect on two questions and then share your responses with a trusted friend on Friday:
- What new way of being do I want to keep (from this quarantine period)?
- What self-care practices help me thrive when I’m living in the unknown (look back on past experiences)?
Let’s not waste this time. Let’s soften and open. Let’s become more curious and more present. Let’s allow this global event to change us into more aligned, purposeful, alive, compassionate, kind, connected and less plugged in humans. I believe our individual and collective survival will depend on it.
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