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Focus on what you can control

I loved hearing from so many of you last week who decided to watch some of the movies I recommended! How about you, did you find some inspiration? We ended up watching a movie not even on the list. The film we chose, Emma, was filmed in some of my favorite locations in England including the charming village of Lower Slaughter and several stately homes throughout the countryside. Perhaps an opportunity for a new itinerary? 🤔 What do you think?


This week I thought I would reach out with some reassuring thoughts for you…I know everyone is facing a temporary ‘new normal’ right now and the biggest issue may be feeling as though you have lost control of your life and the freedoms we typically take for granted. That is completely understandable! What is important right now is to recognize what you can and can’t control. Let the thing you can’t control go and focus on what you can control! I’ve put together a list here to get you started…what are some of your own suggestions? Let me know how you are letting go of what you can’t control and moving forward as an inspiration to others.


I CAN’T CONTROL:

~whether or not others follow the rules of social distancing, but I CAN be sure that I, and my immediate family, follow CDC recommendations. The sooner we contain this virus, the sooner ‘normal’ will return.


~the actions and attitudes of others, but I CAN control my own actions and be sure that they are being tempered with a little extra kindness, generosity and grace.


~the amount of toilet paper on the grocery store shelves, but I CAN choose to only take what I need and not hoard that or any other important supplies so that others can have access as well.


~the sensationalism and constant barrage of negative news stories that incite anxiety, but I CAN control what I see by limiting my exposure to updates from a trusted source and filtering out all the chatter. 


~when schools will open again, but you CAN do your best to be sure your kids have some structure, good nutrition, a reasonable schedule, time to play, and lots of attention & love. Children get anxious too and they look to us for cues.


~how long this will last, but I CAN choose to be a part of the solution and stay well by socially distancing, hydrating, exercising, eating healthily, resting and finding fun things to do at home. This too shall pass, and you want to be in better shape when it does than even before!


~not being able to physically hang out with friends, coworkers and family members, but I CAN keep socially networking using video chats, emails, thoughtful social media posts, and telephone calls. Our bodies may be isolated, but our souls need connection, so keep reaching out in more creative ways.


~the restrictions on travel right now, but I CAN provide you with inspiration so that you keep your dreams alive. The time will come when you can take that trip that you have been wanting to take, and I will be here ready & waiting to help you make it happen!




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