“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” Dolly Parton
When I turned the calendar to April at home, this quote really stood out to me. Here we are in #QuarantineTimes shimmying our lives away with #DontRushChallenge, and yet we are here rushing to get back to what we consider normal. What is normal anyway? If you want to Tik Tok your way throughout the quarantine…cool. I see it as a way to cope as we are all spending our tick tocks of life leased on Earth.
I can’t help but think of the numbers of people that are perishing. My heart breaks. The ones that will not be able to get a second chance. Legacy; what did it mean to them? Life; did they live it out loud? Impact; do they know how much their lives meant? Love; the memories of those close to them are hopefully fond. I truly think that God has a pause, a semicolon, a selah on those who are really taking this time as opportunity. An opportunity to do something different when the doors open up again. Here are a few ways to make best of our few more weeks before the release date:
Look at what you have.
Take inventory. I’ve been doing this since a child and didn’t even realize it. My mother would make me outweigh the pros and cons of a situation. So I could take a look for myself at what’s right and what’s wrong to make a decision to change. Write it down. It makes a difference. From jobs, relationships, business ideas, income streams, everything you can think of. Consider the pros and cons. Adjust accordingly.
Use what you have.
Arthur Ashe had a quote, “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” Listen y’all. This is a time to tap into your potential. You can use that stimulus check to stimulate your future. Invest your time, money, and time. There are some things around the house that could be a fun DIY project. Use something old to create something new. Use that gift or talent you’ve been sitting on. Do you know how easy it is to create a podcast right now? you’re on a phone. Download the Anchor app, get a boom mic on Amazon, and let the world hear your thoughts.
Take control and decide what happens.
Granted, there are some things beyond your control. Think about the things you can control. There are so many self-development courses you can do. (For the low low aka inexpensive). Home based businesses will boom like never before. That job that “could never be done outside the office” is now doing just that. Create a family vacation bank account. What’s your gloup going to look like after this? You have the power to make your life great again. Decide what happens.
I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.William Ernest Henly
A new approach requires a new attitude.
Let’s not cancel out before we even start. I read the story of poet William Ernest Henly and was in tears. His pain birthed his creativity. At 16, his right leg was amputated due to complications from Tuberculosis. While recovering from a doctor able that was actually able to turnaround and save his leg…he wrote the poem Invictus. Jesus!! Pain can humble, destroy, or create. In these tumultuous times, think about your perspective. If nothing else, everyone will gain fortitude in adversity.
Believe in your ability to solve problems.
We’re all problem solvers. Some just know how to execute without hesitation. Faith will be tested in times of trouble. Many are sitting on gifts, talents, and abilities. Stay at home mothers are now the experts to help other parents, church is more flexible with streaming services, nail techs are now transitioning to create press on nails while we are in the wait. While we are in the wait, what’s an industry you want to disrupt?
April 11 2020. None of us know when the release date will be. But when the rubber does hit the road, are you ready for the new opportunities? Be great! Stay strong. Stay healthy. Prepare for the road ahead.
Thanks for tuning in! Hope this helps. If I’m not working, I’ll be with my kiddos, in #ClubQuarantine, or something. Smile.
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