My morning routine remains the same as it has been for a few years, read and meditate before consuming outside information. I set my thoughts for the day before I open my mind to others. For me, this is a critical discipline. I have to get my mind right each day as I pursue my intent in purpose to lift others.
I know how I THINK determines how I FEEL, and how I feel affects how I ACT, which influences other’s thoughts, actions, and feelings. I hold myself accountable to be emotionally centered, aware, and open-minded. I say “hello” to fear as I know they will be present in the people I encounter during the day.
Lately, it is taking longer. Occasionally the meditation needs repeating at intervals throughout a day. It’s harder to hold an intentful state in my work.
As forced isolation (or whatever it feels like for you) continues, I am experiencing and engaging with the voices of perspective and hope, while also doing work inside companies where flowery contemplation is not an available luxury. People are experiencing greater stress amidst uncertainty, void of a timeline.
No smelling of the roses or bow of gratitude is going to glue the broken pieces back together.
Many are experiencing a stark paradox. They seek strength and a sense of safety in a climate of over-zealous hysteria and the collapse of livelihoods. Those working are working harder and longer in unfamiliar conditions, with fear tugging at them as if to pull them off the ledge like the tens-of-millions around them – those terminated, furloughed, shuttered stores, restaurants, dentists, hospitals and physicians and surgeons (not treating COVID-19), chiropractors, mental health support groups, ad infinitum… No smelling of the roses or bow of gratitude is going to glue the broken pieces back together.
Yet, I know that my thoughts and actions can be much more destructive and harmful than this paralyzing virus. I cannot be conveniently ignorant of the plight of others and must recognize and embrace the mindset of positive change. It is my responsibility, as hired, to bring change-thinking to the situation and offer peace-of-mind and opportunity to move forward, rather than perpetuate the incessant piece-of-mind rants filling the streams and airwaves.
Helping people and groups navigate through this chaos and challenge, has made me realize that in many ways, we are all in therapy now.
And so, the voices we engage, the people we select to spend time with are more important than ever. We are, to a degree, each other’s therapists.
Outside of problem-solving with client organizations, I surround myself with purpose-driven people. Those that know their positive power and are soul-full rather than stuff-full. The strong, who understand their giftset is their mindset and are not the complaining, blaming, shaming, righteous parroting what everyone “should” be doing, thinking, feeling.
I seek the people that have the capacity to stand with character, embrace ambiguity, acknowledge the darkness, and seek vision on the horizon. Those committed to helping.
As I navigate through, I know my thoughts inform my feelings, my feelings drive my actions, and how I act will affect how others feel and think. As I live fully today, I am mindful that we are all adjusting – we are all in therapy. I focus on my long-standing, core belief: “It is much more than what we accomplish, it is who we become along the journey.”
Let’s get our minds right. Let’s Lift Others.