Greetings to all of my fellow travelers on our modified journey,
Today’s Resilient Response (#3) addresses the MASSIVE disruption happening in all of our lives and the subsequent disequalibrium that’s been thrust upon us. In order to counter our feelings of chaos it is important to:
Recalibrate our Routines: The Good, the Bad, and the New!
What do I mean, exactly? When our lives are disrupted so dramatically, we lose our homeostasis (our center, balance, peace of mind) and in order to find it again, we must re-evaluate and recalibrate our every day routines.
We want to continue with “good routines” for they bring great comfort to us. Some of them we’ve been practicing for years and they make us feel alive, hopeful and positive. For example, it brings me great peace of mind that Lew and I turbo-charge our immune system every day, for 20+ years now, by getting over 30 different fruits, vegetables and plant-based Omegas (3,5, 6, 7, and 9) into our bloodstream where thousands upon thousands of antioxidants go to work and fight against free radicals and disease. In the last two weeks I’ve added a daily ml. of Zinc in a glass of fresh orange juice and elderberry zinc lozenges. I’m hoping you’re all practicing your healthy routines that add to your peace of mind too. If not, it is NEVER too late to start; the time is now.
On the excercise front, I’ve had to completely change-up my routine because the tennis courts are closed (my main go-to for aerobics and fun) and the Gateway Mall indoor mile loop for pushing and training my service dog, Winchester (Winnie), is now less feasible. So…what’s a sit-down person to do? For me, it’s been timed loops around an obstacle course on my back deck, increasing the time each day for pushing. Winnie likes to run along with me which adds another obstacle, dodging the dog, but we both find it refreshing. Also, we’ve (Winnie, Lew and I) added the round-the-neighborhood 1/2 mile to 3/4 mile loop each night. There’s a couple of good hills we have to push up so it definitely gets the heart rate up. It’s something I never said I would do. It looks so boring. And yet, here I am. Here we all are, adapting.
Winnie, our Goldador, just celebrated her 1 Year Birthday March 5, 2020. She’s amazing. So smart.
What good routines are you doing that make you feel alive and hopeful?
Well, I don’t need to harp on this but there couldn’t be a more poignant time to recalibrate our bad habits and shoot for something better. Rather than letting the anxiety and depression of our times lower us further into a pit, we can choose to be stronger. We can choose a sober mind to generate fresh beginnings. Let me encourage you, today April 1, to start a 30-day-challenge. Whatever change you are looking for. Go For it!
I believe it is SUPER important during this unprecedented time to START SOMETHING NEW. We need to delineate this time, this season with new routines. Something that brings us joy and diverts our energy into a project that can be for ourselves or someone else. It can be anything. Build something. Paint-by-number, cross-stitch, crafts, gift-making, gourmet baking, gardening. Something you can throw yourself into over the next few months.
Then share it with us. I can’t wait to hear from all of you creative geniuses out there and what YOU are doing. And please if anyone is bold enough to share their 30-day-challenge, we will all applaud and stand on the balcony of your life, cheering you on!
For A BIGGER DOSE OF RESILIENCE and a way to help, I am discounting my book and Inspirational Cards by 10% and sending additional dollars to Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Area of Greatest Need Fund. (Books are available immediatley but I need to check my inventory on the cards. I will let you know in the next day or two).
“Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction.Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day.” Lam. 3:22-23
As always, praying you find a new mercy today and everyday,