Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” .
In times of change and transitions, it’s easy to lose direction. Take the world today for example, you can see so many people that seem lost, tired and confused.
What people fail to understand is that Transition is not just physically moving, changing your hair or your surroundings. Its also emotional, it is like a rebirth. Each time you gain a “newness” within yourself, you are reborn. Stepping away from the monoutmous, the tiresome, those that take instead of give and share, the way of being that is cumbersome and holding you down, into what lifts you, grow you, feed you and allow you to fly.
you must grow to succeed as you must not only be willing to learn to fly but you know that you have to ability to fly and that is when you will soar- b50love
This is the time more that any time in your life is the time to reflect on what you have done and what is familiar and evolve into something new. Let’s start by stepping away from what we know, and move into this strange world to discover the greater you.
Stay your course and love continuously as it may be difficult to make a transition, but it’s better to move in any direction than to not move at all.
Today’s society has dictated so much, we count, we measure, we label. The “you” has become the number of likes , loves, hearts that we receive. The many out weigh the few. Our manta’s becoming our definition of world that being defined by who we are. To Affirm is taking on a new meaning:
So what are Affirmations?
They are Mind tools, simply training your brain to react to the positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make a positive changes.
Some might consider affirmations to be unrealistic “wishful thinking” and i would counter that those statements are the very basis of doubt and fear. An Affirmation is more than just repeating a mantra, its a belief in oneself to achieve the possible and just strive for the impossible whilst keeping that brain fired up.
ITS MORE THAN REPEATING WORDS
When you hear the term “Affirmation” you may simply think its looking in the mirror and repeating a phrase, its actually understanding Who you are, if you don’t feel great or think you look great have doubts of being great, then simply saying you are great may not be what you need.
Stand in a mirror and look at yourself and I mean really look at yourself, your smile, your hair, your face your nose. Who do you see? Look at all those pieces of you that make you the you YOU are!!! It’s important to see yourself and all your beauty, those things that chink in the armor, those beautiful flaws.
We often hide ourselves from ourselves. Sound crazy, but sit alone and reminisce over the past. We often only think of the good times and skip over what makes us sad, repel from the bad feelings. We quickly change our thoughts, as if you were switching to another Netflix movie, because its too hard to see.
You have to peel back the layers of yourself. What is the pain, what is root, what is the issue that you have worked through or are working on. When we surrender and remove the masks and are fully naked that’s when you begin to heal and recover. Hurt, loss, betrayal, death, violation… all of this dictates how we view our world and our relationships. It may show in our demeanor, your triggers, and the path that lead you through it.
Now that you see yourself in all your glory, its time to heal yourself and do some hard work . You know what you are bringing to the table, you know you from the inside/out. No one can hurt you with your truth. You stand in it everyday. If you need to seek therapy to work through particular issues that you have discovered, then definitely do that. If you need to make amends or forgive yourself and/or someone else for closure and a step towards your healing process, do that. Or, maybe you make a simple change, your wardrobe because you are not representing yourself the way you want to be viewed.
But whatever you discover, this is the basis to your mantra. You are who you say you are: Loved, Successful, winner, survivor.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This quote resonates today more than ever, as we find the majority of people working from home.
The faceless dictator often arises without repercussions barking orders and overwhelming their people, with a barrage of emails. Instead of simple correspondence to check the state of matters and ensure their people are safe, well and can handle the work load.
What do you do when you are sent a billion emails a day and are overwhelmed?
Many believe that working from home is great and more relaxed. They can have maximum productivity and many bosses feel they can inundate their employees with even more duties and responsibilities. Many might feel overwhelmed by the number of changes, the many emails and the changes in their work life. So it is important to manage not just your expectations, but the expectations others have of you and give yourself understanding and forgiveness for what you cannot do.
Begin to navigate the transition smoothly, understand your limitations and create dedicated workspaces so you can walk away and break free from the computer.
Self preservation and the understanding of Self is crucial now and if people and bosses don’t understand this may cause an extra layer of anxiety.
Start your day and end your day on a schedule. Try not to be tempted to grab the computer, during your down time. You may find that day has gotten away from you and you have worked the entire day away without a break.
Managers and Directors may not take heed to the above quote but don’t be afraid to say, “Hey, I’m overwhelmed”, “lets set up a phone call”, or simply take a mental health day.
Being well, is not just staying home due to COVID-19, it also means being mentally balanced and maintaining a work life balance at all costs.
This virus has caused heightened fears and paranoia. There is “end-of-the-world syndrome, bouts of anxiety and fear and financial woes.
there are financial campaigns for global relief such as:
GiveDiretly.com which sends money directly to people who are extremely poor and in this crisis needs even more assistance.
Our local grocery and service companies are on the front lines. Amid fears, they continue to provide you the best customer service whilst keeping themselves afloat and encouraged. Your larger grocery chains may be out of food, but many of the local places” are still serving the communities. People could not stock up and didnt have money to save for a rainy day, let alone a virus. Support your local establishments and here are a couple in Baltimore:
Although there are precautions, people are choosing online services over going to the local stores. Remember, those items you get were also handled by people on the front lines as well, so be courteous, Although the larger franchises are losing money, many Companies are providing assistance as well
AMAZON: has been a fast moving force. It has been increasingly relied on for all your everyday needs. With that, they are helping customers and communities who have been infected and affected by the virus.
AIRLINES: the Airline industry to a big hit, of course people being afraid to be in a confined, climate controlled plane is not very enticing, if simply travel for pleasure amidst this virus. But there are some short term benefits for you, and for them, if you need to leave anytime soon. Look at many of airlines as they have extended pricing and discounts to the end of April.
Here are two:
Delta: said it will waive change fees for customers traveling through April 30 if the ticket was issued before March 9, in addition to waiving fees for customers purchasing flights between March 1 and March 31.
American Airlines will waive the change fee for tickets bought by March 1 for travel between March 10 and April 30. This is in addition to its previously offered waivers for tickets purchased between March 1 and March 31.
If you are able ensure you check on the elderly, check in on your neighbors family and friends especially those that may have pre-existing emotional issues that can be exacerbated during this crisis.