Well, it’s been a rather inauspicious start to the Year of the Rat – The coronavirus is the latest big health scare, worldwide, 9 lovely people including a sports hero and his daughter perished in a tragic accident, and even five minutes of televised news is enough to make one want to crawl under a big blanket and say, “Enough!”
How do you “armor up” in the face of daily stresses and battery of negative news?
Daily meditation… prayer… envisioning what you want your life to look like? How about exercise? I do some sort of workout 5 times a week… weights, cardio, plyometrics, martial arts. Natalie does CorePower yoga and is a SoulCycle fanatic. Geneva hikes and swims.
There’s definitely a mental, physical and spiritual component to living your best life, and I feel like there are things we need to do at minimum just to stay standing and cope with demands.
Do something you love, be with people you love, love your pets.
We have the knowledge, resources and wisdom at our fingertips – we just need to do it. Whatever it is that puts you in proper balance and reminds you of your gratitude-attitude, DO IT. Then, even when your childhood favorite sports team loses the Super Bowl, you can take it in stride and look forward to a better tomorrow.
Until next month,
Derek & Natalie and Geneva
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