- We are all living through a shared time of uncertainty
- Living in quarantine, even while getting ample rest, is still exhausting
- There are a lot of questions that are unanswerable
- No one has a playbook for this experience
Once we acknowledge the underbelly of this experience, we can begin to tap into a more proactive perspective.
Instead of feeling powerless about all the things I “have” to do, I can focus on all that I “get to” do. Reframing “I have to stay in my house and can’t go to “X” can now be, “I get to stay in my home and…”
So I choose to tell myself all of the things I “get to” do.
- I “get to” focus on my writing and on my spiritual life
- I “get to” spend time with my children and talk to my extended family every day.
- I get to find new resources and resilience inside me which I didn’t know I had.
- And, finally, I get to be a part of stopping the collective spreading of this very virulent virus.
Yes, I must first acknowledge the grief and the myriad of negative emotions that are part of this experience. However, I’m only allowed to spend 10 minutes a day on that pity pot. The other 23 hours and 50 minutes can be spent focusing on the “get to” aspects of this experience. From this exercise, I can emerge more grateful, energized and spiritually fit.
What are the things you are ‘getting to” do during this time period?