The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. Joseph Campbell
We all seem to be floating in this strange place, desperate to see other people, or to be alone, to meet a significant other or to stem the crush of incoming sick people. This quarantine hit us all at the same time but has been unique in how it has impacted each of us. Nobody else can quite feel the loneliness, weariness, besiegement, or contentedness that you feel, only you do, in your way. It is an important time to stay really close to yourself.
As we begin to emerge from this “era”, we can build a new foundation. Go into yourself and ask beautiful questions.
- What am I longing for?
- What is churning inside?
- How has this pandemic made me re-evaluate my life?
- What’s the very first step (not the 2nd or 3rd) I need to take?
- What do I want to hold onto as things open?
- What do I want to normalize? What am I reluctant about?
- How can I stay more comfortable not being so sure of anything?
- How can I be more generous?
- How can I create more spaciousness in my life?
- How can I recommit to what is most important to me?
- What do I truly love?
- And… to quote a favorite Billy Eilish song, how can I fall in love with my future?
Wellbeing is mostly an inside job. It requires us to have our own back. And that requires us to keep promises to ourselves.
Wellbeing Tools I’ve Come Across
Notes on BOOKs
Best book notes on the web. Derek Sivers a well-read serial entrepreneur posts detailed notes on every book he reads. He includes surprising new ideas or insights, not summaries. His top 10 list is worth a read, but the whole site is worth spending time on. Shout out to Greg Pawlson for sharing this great site!
Slow TV is a genre of long-form TV that has become a thing from a wildly popular Norwegian broadcast of an uninterrupted 7-hour train journey in 2009. Use Slow TV as a screensaver or as a form of active meditation. Like watching a Yule Log burn, but more interesting. it is a great way to virtually visit parts of the world such as Japan or Iceland I hope you enjoy this train ride around the Artic Circle in Norway.
The Institute for Health Care Improvement has just updated their Conversation Guides to promote ‘the conversation’ with the important people in your life about your – or their – wishes for care through the end of life. These are fantastic tools which will prevent so much suffering and allow each of us to claim some agency into how we leave here.