No Matter How Much Things Change, They Still Remain the Same

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It was terrifying. My palms were sweating and my heart was racing. I kept telling myself: Feel the fear and do it anyway.

What was causing all this distress? I was going to the dentist. Was it for a special procedure? Nope, not at all. Just a routine cleaning; a procedure I have gotten hundreds – no, thousands – of times before. So, what made this one so stressful? It was the first time in three months that I ventured outside my home. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been self-isolating and this is the first time I’ve tried to return to some sort of normalcy in the past 90 days.

In one way it felt good to believe that this whole experience was behind us; in another way I was fearful that we have not seen the last of it yet.

As I entered the dentist’s office, there were some obvious changes. Hand sanitizer at the door, required face masks for everyone who was in the room, plastic panels separating me from the people who sat behind the desk. After my temperature was taken, my dental hygienist entered looking like someone straight out of a Twilight Zone episode – hair wrapped in a turban, face mask and head gear with a shield just like a welder would wear.

Once I got used to this new look, and we started talking, everything seemed normal again. There were stories told and lots of laughter. The surroundings may have changed, but the people did not. As I left, the women at the front desk waved and I wished them a good day. It made me realize that even though so much has changed in the last 90 days, some things will always stay the same. I got great comfort in realizing that my world of friendliness and compassion and hope was still there. My world was still filled with great beauty.

 

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Just Choose Already

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It’s that time of year again. It’s the holidays and a time of giving and laughing and celebrating and feeling overwhelmed and being totally stressed out. These mixed feelings often happen all in the same day – heck, all in the same hour!!! So, what do we do about it? How can we take a breath and truly enjoy this magical time of the year when we feel like pulling our hair out?

Choose!

Yes, that’s right. You get a chance to choose. When you wake up in the morning, stop, look around and decide how you want to spend the day. Didn’t realize you had a choice? Well, think again. Every single morning, when you wake up, you decide how you want to spend that day. Will it be filled with wonder or weighed down with stress?

Now, we all know that we can’t control the circumstances that surround us. We can’t make that holiday gift suddenly appear once we realize that every single store, online or off, doesn’t have it in stock anymore. We can’t make the holiday dinner cook itself. But what we can do is realize that most of our holiday stress is not a life or death situation. And I guarantee that it will not the worst thing that ever happened to us. We will survive and I promise you that the sun will rise again tomorrow.

So, make no mistake about it, every single day of your life you get to choose – and you are the only one who can do it. Now, you’ve already heard this information a million times before so what are you going to do with it? Will you actually choose to have a glorious day? Personally, right now I’m choosing to meet a friend for dinner. All my emails and decorating and endless holiday shopping will just have to wait one more day. I will raise my wine glass to you, wishing you the choice of a stress-free season.

 

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