What are you noticing?

Covid-19 pandemic and all the trauma it has brought has made me think a lot and reflect on moments. Moments, one moment at a time. While looking at the full moon tonight in all its beauty I really took time to notice its presence. While looking at the moon, I thought about how many times do we actually take time to notice all the little moments?

How many times have you looked forward to 5:00, Friday, Summer or Christmas? Probably a lot, our lives are so busy and we are always looking forward to what’s next. This pandemic has taught me to slow down, notice the small moments that are actually meaningful; the moon, slowing down and eating breakfast, mindfully moving through the day, being healthy, reaching out to friends & family, gratitude for acts of kindness, work isn’t just work, but a meaningful presence that isn’t just teaching.

Time, how are you valuing the gift of time during this period? Catching up on a book, series, project, work, hobbies, exercise and staying in touch with those that matter. We have time. Are you using it wisely? Are you looking forward to the weekend or if you are like me looking forward to the morning because I have the opportunity to exercise without rushing, looking forward to preparing a healthy lunch, quiet time, reading, catching up on work or realizing there’s so much out of our control. I once read we can only control our controllables; attitude and effort.

Our attitude can change a cloudy day into sunshine; our own self created sunshine. Effort is the driving force behind attitude. Are you trying your best; your best to make the best out of a traumatic situation and enjoy the small moments.

Do your best, that’s it.

Thank you to all the “helpers” for all you are doing to keep people safe and healthy.

Doing your best at this point means staying home. Is it easy? No. Introverts are rejoicing. Extroverts are most likely struggling. Kids are at home, homes have turned into schools and offices. Gyms. Dance and exercise studios. All while being interrupted by Corona Conferences. We or should I say I’m on overload of constant information, all while forgetting what day it is wearing yesterday’s pajamas and last month’s nails, ok, let’s be honest. It’s not pretty.

Stop. Do the best you can. Be kind to yourself. Sometimes making it through the day matters. Work. Exercise. Pray. Meditation. Clean. Hobbies. Family and friends. Organize. Social Distance Socialize. Netflix. Eat and Drink.

Think positive, everything in moderation isn’t that what “they” say, be kind to yourself and enjoy the days as best you can. That’s it, that’s all we can and yes, stay home.

Let fear fuel your plan and lead to success!

Fear, hearing the word you may automatically tense up right?! Like omg, what did I forget? That’s what comes to my mind or maybe even think can I do this, will I succeed? I don’t think I can! Think about it, you are giving power to words and not action. If you have a fear of flying, maybe you avoid flying and take another form of transportation, that’s your plan, you got this because you already mapped out your alternate mode of transportation. What if you can’t do that? You have no choice but to fly. What do you do?! You have a high level of stress because your mind and emotions are in overload with the how, how can I do this? Probably before that you are in denial because you already decided you can’t, but once you think about it hopefully reality reasonates and you think to yourself you can do this. Let’s pause.

What if you don’t? The fear eats you up. As my Mom would say, “you never know until you try” “you are the only one stopping yourself, if you work at it and make a plan you can do it and if it doesn’t work out at least you have the satisfaction of trying.” She never used the word fail and I am grateful she never did! “Try, do your best and that’s all you can do, you can’t control the competition, but yourself, that’s it.” Yes! She’s so right.

Recently, I became certified in reiki and I know the benefits of reiki because I have experienced it first hand. Guess what that sneaky little fear crept in and I started to think what if people feel nothing. That’s what I thought, but I hadn’t even tried it yet!

What’s your plan?

Well, practice, get yourself ready and try it, have a plan of what it will look like. I did, I have given reiki to others and each time I was filled with gratitude because people felt peace and a sense of calm when I was done. Then, my plan grew because I overcame my fear and decided to take the show on the road with a friend who is also certified in reiki and offer it to cancer patients and guess what, the healing energy of peace, relaxation and overall good energy was amazing. Now, we are planning to lead a reiki class at a nearby Community center. Fear for me are stepping stones, the thought creeps in, what if….I breathe, get my plan together, put it in action and before I know fear has been my guiding light because it has driven my plan that I have put in action.

Take the fear, feel it, use it to fuel your plan and success. If your plan doesn’t work out, you have the satisfaction of knowing you tried and remember a street is one way if we make it.

It’s time 2020!

This is short because it’s simple.

Time, use it wisely because it’s a gift. Maximize your moments by realizing time is precious and fill it with joy, purpose, know your worth, find the time to fill yourself with what fills you!