What are you noticing?
Times like we’re currently living in are perfect opportunities to take notice. What do your default patterns seem to be? What makes you feel happy and fulfilled? What stresses you out? When you do ____ what happens as a result? How do others show up and are they really the type of people you want to be around? The list could go on and on.
For me, this current state of affairs has provided the opportunity to retreat inward and to enjoy time with Scott and the kids….something we don’t often get to enjoy due to our busy schedules. The chambers and networking groups that I’m a part of have been going out of their way to ensure they provide an outlet for their members to connect during this time of isolation. Although many people have hopped onto these meetings, filling their calendars as they normally would, I haven’t gotten on any. That may seem odd for someone involved in so many groups who appears to be an extrovert. However, it really isn’t. And as I sit here and type, I realize the same has been true for my oldest Zach. He, too, has not hopped onto any zoom calls with his classes and instead has opted to answer discussion questions in their place. I couldn’t understand that until I just started writing this blog. You see, although we are both extroverts, we also have times of being introverts and just want a chance to be still, alone and away from the rest of the world. Away from the pressures of needing to be ‘on’ and being that bright light for others. Don’t get me wrong, we both live and thrive on that aspect of our lives during normal times, but sometimes just need a break. Our current state of affairs has provided us with that gift and seems we’re both gravitating toward it.
Now please, misunderstand what I’m saying here. I’m NOT saying it’s wrong to fill your schedule and be on tons of meetings or to be on social media a lot. Instead, I’m saying what’s “right” and “wrong” for each person is different. It really has to do with what’s in alignment with your world and your goals. A person with adult children living either alone or with their spouse, or a person who has kids and is raising them without a spouse, may gravitate toward online meetings and social media in an effort to have connection with the outside world during what can be a long, boring and/or stressful time.
The key to knowing what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ for you is to pay attention to what you are noticing and how those things make you feel. Then, to assess next steps based on your personal and business goals. So, what have I been noticing during this time and how has what I’ve noticed changed my day to day actions based on my business and personal goals?
A wonderful insightful post. I so understand because I have truly been there Especially 3 years ago when my husband passed away. I guess I was gifted because during that time I became ill and lost my voice so for about 3 months I truly did kind of withdraw and did a lot of introspection and putting together my thoughts on dealing with adversity. This time certainly does give us a unique opportunity to step back to re evaluate perhaps to even reconnect I've been really fortunate to go through albums take pictures of families and reach out to those that are no longer close by it's been a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with 3 very old friends from very different parts of the country
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