It has been a while. It has been about eight weeks since I chose to step away to focus on family while the world turned upside down. Things got bizarre out there for sure. While we have all been struggling and coming to terms with a worldwide pandemic, I have been busy. Busy, yes, at work (lucky to still have my job), but more of mentally preparing for tomorrow…our new tomorrow. Things won’t be the same as this whole thing shakes out…but that is ok. You are ok. Let me repeat that: You…are…ok!….ok?
Everything feels uncertain nowadays. I guess that is to be expected, this feeling of unease and constant anxiety. If we check in to our news stations, they pedal fear hoping to attract us to buy into the hysteria longer…or at least until the next commercial break (hint). If we tune into social media, we get more of the same, but there are people we know and stories we share (a better choice in my books). This is all noise, and the longer we try to fight the noise (or surf it), the longer we stay with fear and anxiety. I, for one, do not like uncertainty. Uncertainty drains peace of mind, and it makes you fight phantoms that do not exist. Phantoms that only appear between the six inches between your ears….yet there is a better way.
There is a better way through this time. Now, we cannot control the pandemic or snap our fingers and make it go away (does anyone have 6 Infinity Stones?), but we can find certainty. We can have peace of mind. We can have stillness, faith, gratitude, and love.
You have control. You have control of you. Each day you chose what to feed your brain. Each day you chose what to focus on. What you focus on becomes your reality.
We can focus on death tolls, social distancing, and whether or not we should wear a mask…or we can focus on doing the right thing (where the mask), helping each other out, and being of service to one another. The choice is always ours to make.
I have many posts to write, and I am delighted and excited to be writing again. It has been a challenging time, but we all will get through this. Remember what you focus on and dwell on becomes your reality. Our brain is wired to only notice what matches our internal beliefs and internal contexts (Google: Reticular Activating System). Long story short on our thoughts: Work to eliminate the negative while accentuating the positive….habits will form, and peace of mind will return.
When everything is chaos: BE THE CERTAINTY OF YOUR LIFE.
To finish this post, I will end it will be an old Cherokee tale: The Two Wolves.
One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle inside all people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside of us all. One is EVIL. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is GOOD. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee replied,
“The one that you feed.”
Feed your mind well and prepare for a better tomorrow. The world needs you.
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