Spring flowers remind me of new beginnings

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

For more than a year, like everyone else, I have been coping with the COVID-19 public health emergency, police violence against black men and women, mass shootings, and destructive political agendas. I have experienced the death of people close to me, the loss of close family connections, and the disappearance of social and cultural activities that enrich our lives. The pandemic created a sense of loss, grief, and changed how we live, work, interact with others, and think about our future. I have been in a fog – plans put on hold and then cancelled. I seem to be always be thinking in terms of what I can do just for today. Each time I start to plan longer term, I realize I am ignoring the current situation, by planning something that isn’t possible, and then feeling let down and disappointed. During 2020, my goal was to make it through each day, and I stopped setting long-term goals.

Only recently have I had the desire to plan activities again and take tentative steps toward setting goals and making plans. It is spring and I am getting a sense that it’s time to rekindle the ambitions and passions I had prior to the pandemic. For me, that means seeking new knowledge and understanding of racial injustice in the United States. It also means revitalize my passion for health and aging policy. It also means exploring new areas of growth such as teaching and life coaching.

General guidance on beginning again encourages us to assess our current condition and consider our options. It is important to practice self-care and focus on our values – what matters most to each of us. Kindness, empathy, and compassion are critical to recovering from the last year. Choosing some paths to explore without commitment helps us activate our curiosity and courage. When you are ready, make a plan with some built-in early successes to increase you confidence. Try to keep at your path everyday but be kind to yourself if you stray or need to rest.

My hope is we will reemerge from our unique year and inspire ourselves to begin again. This blog was a first step for me. As a nation and as a world, let us re-engage and create communities to care for each other for a sustainable future.

Three things to learn about this week:

  1. 5 Ways to Recover and Feel More Rested in 2021
  2. How to Recover from 2020 and Start Afresh
  3. Recovering from 2020

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