During these challenging times, I like countless millions of people find myself often struggling to remain focused, productive, and optimistic.
I chalk it up to the combined effect of a few key factors: the pandemic and accompanying lockdowns, the heavy tension in the air arising from political and social fractions, and the emotionally draining sense of unbalance that stem from living through a period of great change and uncertainty.
Some days are more challenging than others.
These days are ones where the best course of action is simply to muddle through it - go to bed early - then rise the next day with a clean slate.
Oftentimes, friends and colleagues will sense if something is amiss and ask how we are doing.
To this, many of us not wanting to sound weak and not wanting to burden others with our problems will frequently answer the question “how are you” with a straightforward “I’m fine”.
I surmise that many of us who answer this way have heard the old anecdote where if everyone put their problems on the table, and we saw the problems others had, we would gladly take our own problems back.
So, if we don’t want to burden others with our struggles, what can we do to help ourselves deal with our own.
A powerful ritual that I have come to embrace is a gratitude journal. The simple act of writing out a few things for which I am grateful each morning.
Here are a few things on my list:
I am grateful to have my health and that I am not struggling with a major illness like so many people are.
I am grateful for my family friends.
I am grateful to live in North America where I have the opportunity to build a life for myself.
I am grateful to be alive and to be able to experience life.
If you find yourself limping through the days and weeks of the pandemic, might I suggest you give a gratitude journal a shot?
Grab a notebook and a good pen, then every morning write out 3-4 things you are grateful for.
Not only will it help put your mind in a good place at the beginning of the day, but it just might just help save your life.
Chin up and Carry on. That is what we humans do.
My name is John Godoy. My mission is to inspire, empower, and support my clients to live healthier, communicate better, and become the best version of themselves.