I long for the old days. No, not the ones from 40 years ago but the ones from 4 month ago. It’s hard to believe that just this past January I was in Florida at a conference, in a crowded room, shoulder to shoulder with strangers and not giving it a second thought. Today we are wearing masks, afraid to talk to anyone and staying as far away from each other as possible. Sometimes I wonder if we will ever hug again, even shake hands again.
As this time of self-isolation continues, we need to find the tools that will help us navigate through this craziness and maintain some sort of sanity. We need to reclaim some sort of balance. And that will be different for each of us. What works for you may not necessarily work for the person standing next to you. So, ask yourself: “what brings a smile to my face – even if it’s just for a couple of minutes.” Find something that gives you some relief and remind yourself that this too shall end.
Yes, it WILL end. Someday soon we will all step out from behind our screen door and we will hug again. We will click glasses and be surrounded by fiends. We will jump for joy and laugh again, never to take our time together for granted – EVER!
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Tags: Positive Attitude, Professional Speaker, Resiliency
Today is Halloween. A time to dress up as anything you want to be – anything at all.
I can still remember when I was a kid, my mom would let me pick my own costume. I was always a princess. Every year l would pick just about the same outfit. I had a sparkly gown and a tiara and sometimes even a magic wand. I’d get all decked out – and every year it was the same – FREEZING outside! We lived in Chicago and the weather was quite unpredictable, except on Halloween. You could always count on it to be cold and windy. My mom would make me wear my heavy winter coat over that magical outfit. But I didn’t care because deep down I KNEW I was a princess – if only for one day.
So now, many years later, I find myself thinking: what would I be if I could choose just one thing for today – if I could allow myself to be a kid again. Who would I be? The possibilities are endless.
This time around, I’d like to be a dancer. I mean the jumping through the air, graceful, costume flowing behind me kind of dancer. Whenever I watch them in a live performance or on TV, I always marvel at their carefree spirit. Yes, that’s what I’d like to be for one day – a dancer.
What about you? What would you like to be for only one day? Throw all caution to the wind. Become a kid again. Who or what will you be today?
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Tags: Halloween, Halloween Costumes, Positive Attitude, Resiliency
Today is Valentine’s Day.
Some may love it – and some may hate it. But it is here to stay. It will return again next year and the year after that. It’s very persistent!!!
This year I’d like to think of it a little differently and see it as a day to celebrate love. ALL love.
Over many years I have celebrated Valentine’s Day in so many different ways. Sometimes I’ve enjoyed it with a boyfriend, sometimes with a spouse, sometimes with my parents and sometimes with my friends, but I never once took the time to celebrate with myself. That’s right – myself!!!
I didn’t always see the good in myself. There were times when I was scared and disappointed and felt crummy about my life. Loving myself did not come naturally. But now I realize that life is a circle. There were times when my heart was singing, other times when it was broken, sometimes even shattered, but it always found a way repair itself. This cycle will be repeated again, and now I know that my heart will survive.
No matter what was happening in my life, I always found a way to get out of bed in the morning and put one foot in front of the other. As hard as it was some days, I did not give up on myself. And for that I celebrate!
So today join me in raising a glass of wine to celebrate love – past, present and yet to come. Here’s to believing in yourself and always finding your way. Here’s to loving yourself unconditionally.
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Tags: Believe in Yourself, Celebrate, Celebrate Love, Resiliency, Valentine's Day