If you're not using this time to rest, reset, and prioritise your purpose and people in your life, you my friend are wasting an opportunity you may never get again, the world literally stopped and shifted for you to get your shit together."
This post dramatically shifted my mindset, it helped me to let go off the frustration I was feeling about all of the exciting things that had been happening in my life that had suddenly been whisked away. It helped me to see this situation as an opportunity.
I made a firm pact with myself that I was not going to come out of this the same person.
This is an important lesson for life, because whether it's a global pandemic, or some personal stressful or traumatic situation, or even just an irritating person in your life.... SHIT HAPPENS! And if you are breathing, you are going to experience adversity in your life. There are going to be people that upset you, situations that frustrate you, or daily annoyances to irritate you.
The question to ask yourself is:
AM I GOING TO GO THROUGH THIS OR GROW THROUGH THIS?
Often situations can cause great pain, but you can decide,
"I am not going to waste this pain by coming out the same!".
AS YOU HEAD BACK OUT INTO THE WORLD, THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WANT TO BE DIFFERENT... WHO IS THIS NEW IMPROVED VERSION OF YOU? GO OUT AND INTRODUCE 'THE NEW YOU' TO THE NEW WORLD....
For me, the new me is someone who keeps her peace more of the time.
I want to strive to achieve the state of serenity, that I learned about years ago in my first experiences of Yoga and meditation, and hold on to it for longer periods throughout the day.
I don’t want to let the same people upset me, the same circumstances frustrate me.
I'm determined not to allow what’s on the outside to get on the inside. I'm going to strive to not let the busy-ness that’s happening on the outside get on the inside. It can be busy on the outside, but still on the inside.
This is my challenge to myself... WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN ME?
In the midst of any adversity there is a place of peace inside that we can go to. Finding that place and developing the skill of going there is a massive step when it comes to building up resilience, and this is my daily goal. To me, this is now more important than what I achieve and accomplish in my day.
If I ticked many things off my to-do list, but I lived my day stressed out and strung out, that is no longer a successful day to me.
RESILIENCE : The capacity of a system, enterprise or person to maintain it's core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances."
In the ocean, on the surface the water is always changing depending on the wind and the tide.. It can be very smooth and calm in the morning, then later in the day it can be rough and choppy, there can be 5 metre waves, where a few days ago it was just small white caps. What’s interesting is, if you go down about 30 feet deep, the water never changes, it’s as calm and still as can be. Right above it on the surface it may change a dozen times a day, but 30 feet down it never changes, it's always calm.
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