In times of strife, times of global unrest, times like these where pandemics race across a planet causing suffering, death, sadness, and disruption, it’s easy to lose track of ourselves. It’s easy, when chips like this fall, to forget to take care of ourselves, to take care of those we love, and most simply, to remind them constantly that no matter what happens, they are loved. It’s not always feasible, but if I’ve learned anything over these last decades it’s this: The more we live for others, the happier we will be. I think this often gets misunderstood to putting ourselves last, and this is not the case. It’s consciously choosing to remind those in our bubbles (pandemic and otherwise) that they are valuable, they are loved, and they are taken care of. We forget that the simplest words, actions, and deliberate offerings of kindness can turn a day around, what’s more, they can often save a life.
An exercise for all you willing to embrace it: Over the next 3 or 4 days, deliberately offer up reassurances to those you care for. They can be verbal, they can be non-verbal and in the form of actions, or they can be written, whatever you wish, whatever you’re most comfortable with. Remind them, in whatever way you wish, that this is all for them, and you’re there should they need.
Let me know how it goes, let me know what changes you see in them. I am genuinely curious to see the ripples of this one.
know that I love you fiercely.
All this is for you.
Haiku on Life by Tyler Knott Gregson
Song of the Day
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