It’s interesting to see how this shift has affected attitudes, routines, the economy, and even our health. With all of this going on, despite all of the weaknesses it’s showing in our flawed system (politics, capitalism, healthcare), it’s important to, “find strength from within.”
As cliche as it may sound, we have to also learn how to be still. How to calm our minds and not let the constant barrage of news and panic affect us negatively.
Get to Know Yourself – Some Food for Thought:
If you can, find a quiet spot. Get some alone time away from your family if you’re quarantining together. During the next few days and/or weeks, get comfortable with yourself. Write your thoughts down. How do you feel, really? Don’t be afraid to confront yourself.
It’s understandable to feel fear right now. You might be afraid of your job security, of how your finances are looking, fear about the health of your loved ones. Try to get to the root of these fears. I think a lot of us are realizing that “control” is an illusion. So how can we gain more power over our own lives?
What are your goals for the next 2 – 5 – 10 years? If you weren’t working your job, what would you be doing?
How do you feel about the current power structures in place? Do you still feel like it serves you, like this capitalist society benefits all of us?
These are just some questions to get going … and if you aren’t in that place to write yet, I hope you find the space to just sit and be. To just free your mind for a little bit and relax.
“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion, it is easy in solitude to live after our own,
but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness
the independence of solitude.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photo captured by me in Central Park, NY