I was really surprised, as I had talked about many other points about how to be a good leader, but this one seemed to resonate the most. The question is WHY? Then we start popping all kinds of pills to take make us feel better, take away our migraines, sleep, put us in a good mood, help us lose weight, reduce our cholesterol. We also reduce our creative ability when we keep on going without taking a break or taking time to check out, get away from the electronics and reflect.
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It was not a command, but more like a kind instruction given to an impaired person in need of direction. My late husband would say this phrase to me at the end of a day when my fatigue and its accompanying grumpiness were obvious yet I was oblivious. He was one of many wise teachers, coaches, and doctors who have invited me to notice and attend to what my mind, body, and spirit need. My list of passions is big. My list of interests even longer. An enthusiastic extrovert, my social calendar is filled with people I love. Writing, dancing, arranging flowers, throwing parties…. How can I go to bed? One put it in writing for me:.
Life can be interesting. On a regular basis we are faced with all kinds of challenges as we try to navigate the increasing demands of work and the common pressures of daily life. Most people have a lot on their plates to manage, take care of, and move through. It can be exhausting.
I spoke to an elderly family member on the phone yesterday and realised how much this lockdown might affect the elderly. I know that struggles in this period and in the aftermath will come for old and young alike. There will be people who face the prospect of financial ruin, those who are in danger of losing their homes, people living with abusive parents or partners, those no longer able to receive mental health support, isolated people, parents trying their best for their kids…. The list goes on. I imagine the impact of this time will be felt for months and possibly years to come.