So this list has been brewing in my head all week, and now it's time to share it with you. As always, my intention is that you live an amazing life.
I'm reminded of a story, I don't know if it's true: A middle aged lady walks up to Isaac Stern after a concert. She gushes “Oh, I'd give my life to play like you!”
“Lady,” said Stern acidly, “That I did!” The point is that to have what you want usually takes a bit of effort.
The other point is that if you don't make the effort now, and you think that it might be important, or you might come to see it that way later, or you're a person already thrown to regret, you'll only go deeper down the hole of resignation and hopelessness. And you should not go there. No one should actually.
With that said, and this virus disrupting your life, let's make sure the disruption is a good one.
That feeling after spring cleaning when the whole world seems possible, it shows up in other places too.
If you have been kicked off your regular schedule, this is the time to be especially vigilant about creating a structure that serves you.
If the WuFlu has you out of work, answer these questions:
If the WuFlu has you (stuck) at home, answer these questions:
If too many of these are coming back with a gut-wrenching no, that's okay. Now it's time to ask “Am I willing to put in the work with my people to turn these to a yes?” If that's a yes, now's a good time to go to work.
If it's a “no,” it's time to Complete your relationship and move on.
I'll do it “when I get around to it.” This is your “round tuit.” Have you ever called one of your friends from way past, and at the end of your call said or thought, we really should connect more often. Well here's your chance:
We all know that health is good. We all know good exercise and eating make a difference.
You want to know the code by which you live your life. We all live by one, but usually fail to articulate it. And when we fail to, we sometimes let things slip in that don't serve us: for instance you might want to “be the kind of person who leaves a profit,” but when you get in the trenches act more like “be the person who won't be taken advantage of.”
If you are clear on who you are going to be, your actions are more likely to align with your declarations than with the hidden scripts that run you.
While the WuFlu is unlikely to kill you, this is your wake up call. Nature is a bitch. She'll cut you off at the knees just because. If you are in Connecticut I can help.
Otherwise known as I'm running out of steam, but like these and don't want to categorize.
The thing is we all know we are going to die, but most of us don't act like this actual moment is precious. Life is now. Potential dissipates if not realized. I implore you to pick something, maybe two - definitely no more than five - things, that you will give your life to today.
Let yourself be disgusted, or moved, or driven, into action, but take action. If it's the wrong action, you'll know so enough. Then pivot and take a different action, and give it your all, and see where it takes you.