I do believe that people want to feel they are doing good in the world.
Some are helping tremendously, but in doing so, put their health at great risk: medical personnel and other essential workers.
Others help us all by sheltering, but now find their economic security at risk.
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.”
~St. Francis de Sales
“Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.”
On a scale of 1 to 10, how are you feeling today?
No matter what you’re feeling, embrace it, soothe it, lean into it. When we acknowledge our uncomfortable feelings rather than ignore them, we move closer to peace with ourselves.
Tussen Kunsten Quarantine in the Netherlands, which translated is Between Art and Quarantine, put out an Instagram request for replications of art. Other galleries around the world have picked up on the trend. Here are some great examples and the websites where I found them. Have fun!
“What we’re talking about is getting to know fear, becoming familiar with fear, looking it right in the eye—not as a way to solve problems, but as a complete undoing of old ways of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and thinking. The truth is that when we really begin to do this, we’re going to be continually humbled.”
When Things Fall Apart
Heart Advice for Difficult Times
by Pema Chödrön
“Like tiny seeds with potent power to push through tough ground and become mighty trees, we hold innate reserves of unimaginable strength. We are resilient.” ~Catherine DeVrye, The Gift of Nature
“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”
~John C. Maxwell
The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy have been deemed essential workers by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern. In a wondrous touch, she adds that “if the Easter Bunny doesn’t make it to your household, then we have to understand that it’s a bit difficult at the moment for the bunny to perhaps get everywhere.”*
More than a poignant story, this exemplifies true, wise leadership – setting an upbeat yet realistic vision, acknowledging fear and uncertainty, communicating with authenticity and humor.
To all celebrating holidays this week or month – Easter, Passover or Ramadan – may your holiday be sustaining and meaningful.