This meme has been cracking me up because A) Broad City is hilarious and B) how are any of us right now, really?
We’re collectively worried and stressed for very real reasons, and we’re all doing the best we can under the circumstances.
Melia and I have shared that we’ve both had some bright spots and some “wobble days” this past week – and that it has helped enormously to focus on gratitude and look to the helpers when we’re feeling overwhelmed by it all.
We joke that this is like the Olympics of personal development. You know those coping strategies we talk about? Now is the time to use them (all of them)! This is what we’ve been training for!
Here are a few things that are helping me right now:
1. Our roundup of 5 ways to cope with the coronavirus quarantine.
We're experimenting with ways to keep ourselves calm and connected, and we've collected some of our favorites – from free exercise and meditation resources to practices for self-soothing and giving grace and space to others.
2. The words “acceptance” and “self-compassion.”
This weekend I talked to a good friend, a therapist whose clients include health care providers who are under incredible stress. She said she’s emphasizing these words in her professional and personal life.
Acceptance because this is our reality right now, and there are so many things we can’t change, no matter how hard we fight against them. Self-compassion because this is hard and we’re doing what we can to be good leaders, employees, friends, family members, parents, and people.
3. “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.
I love Mary Oliver’s poetry, and this one really got me this week.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Take care of yourself 💕