Mental Health Monday, Even if you are going through a season of sickness or loss that is stealing from your life there is one thing that can never be taken from you…Never ever give up hope and allow loss to steal your JOY! https://youtu.be/pka8PW5oUWc
Monday Mental Health Moments…What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Please take a moment to take care of you #BetheException https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuSnmkCbQI8&ab_channel=AlexanderMeehan
Are You Afraid?
I’m afraid right now and I’m assuming most of you are, too. The difference for me? I don’t let fear win because moments come, and moments go. I’ve always embraced change, the same as many of you. I believe most of us embrace change, as long as it’s good change that we’re in control of. Unfortunately, the recent changes we’re experiencing are out of our control and leaving everyone uncertain as additional changes are happening quickly.
I know all too well this time is not about me, my family, or my friends that I love. It’s not about our health, our businesses, our relationships, or our finances. To me, this time is about discovering who we really are when we’re forced to adapt to uncertain, unstable changes whether we like it or not. Things are moving fast right now, and these changes are going to happen with or without us.
For me, tears have been coming, often in the middle of the night when everything is still and silent. I’m afraid but I will keep living, keep believing, keep inspiring, and keep trusting that God has better plans for all of us on the other side of this. I believe that channeling my fear into generosity, love, and patience will help heal my hurting heart and lift those around me.
We all struggle with the fear of the unknown, just at different degrees and stages. Some of the tools I use to combat my fear are writing short lists of what I’m grateful for, taking three to five minutes to offer kindness or encouragement to others, and writing short cards to those who are sick and elderly. Each of us can benefit from good news during the week and this is my way of helping to spread it. As we come into this need to be home, I’ve created a daily schedule for myself which is helping to lower my anxiety and feel more in control. The other part of my day that helps bring me peace and serenity are my times of prayer which I feel we all need now more than ever.
The Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference,” has been running through my mind on a loop. It’s helping me remember that this time is about being our best and giving our best to others even on the days we might be feeling our worst. I’m comforted by knowing that nothing is more contagious than goodness, kindness, and love. Not even a virus.
This week, I encourage you to lift your family, your neighbors, and your community by lending a helping hand. Whether your helping hand is making a store delivery for the elderly, writing thank you cards for those who need them, or simply offering gentle words of kindness, it will make a difference for someone who may need support now more than ever. It’s up to each one of us to decide how we show up for one another in times of need; be the person someone else needs today!
Wake up with Wonder and Discover something new ; )
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
How will you spread goodness, kindness, and love today?
What are you afraid of? What is one positive step you can take to help ease your mind?
Does fear bring out the best or worst in you? How do you use it to make a positive impact?
What School is Best for Your Kids?
When we moved our family to the suburbs over 20 years ago, my husband and I had a few good laughs. The first three families we met couldn’t stop gushing about their gifted and talented kids. We thought, “Lucky us, it must be in the water!” They bragged nonstop, telling us how their kids were better than the others in the school district and how they needed to move or put their kids in private schools because they were so talented.
Over time, a couple of them moved farther south or east to enroll their kids in a “better school.” To me, it all seemed silly. In reality, those families were afraid of diversity and afraid of change. Unfortunately, those families quickly learned that the new schools were populated with higher income families, increased drug problems, and less experienced teachers, leading to many new and bigger challenges for them as parents. One guarantee in life is that change is constant, and a person’s attitude and perspective have great impact on those changes.
Currently, we live in Burnsville. Our family loves this community and the schools. However, as new families move in, they’ve been spreading fear and rumors about what is wrong with our district’s schools. Our two sons graduated from Burnsville, which was a great experience for them as students and us as parents. There were many dedicated teachers who helped them succeed.
It breaks my heart to know a variety of income levels and cultural diversity scares and upsets so many people. It’s very unfortunate that they always try to uphold an image of good standing while being unable to accept and welcome anyone that looks or lives differently than them. This week, I encourage you have a conversation with your school age kids about the importance of diversity in our community and getting to know others who come from different backgrounds. Without acceptance within our communities, we risk living in fear and shame rather than embracing opportunities to connect, grow, and thrive.
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
When was the last time you got to know someone who looks or lives differently than you?
What rumors have you spread from a place of fear because you didn’t understand someone or their lifestyle?
How do you positively promote the importance of inclusion and diversity when talking to your kids?
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Thinking about my awesome girlfriends this morning and how we often choose laughter, Love and hope when we walk through the challenging moments in life. Thanks or choosing hope…Keep on Believing, I Believe in YOU! #BetheException #LivebyChoice #FriendshipMatters
We are all going to walk through things in life, that is not of question of if but when and then HOW will we respond when life does not play out our way? When things are hard? When we want to give up?