Weekly YES Quote!
“Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.”
I’m just going to start by calling out the elephant in the room: COVID-19.
The more news I watch on television, scroll through on Twitter, and hear about from coworkers, friends, and family members, the more I realize how important and quickly things can change.
How priorities we once had have become depriorities: going into the office, going on a coffee date with a friend, hitting the gym on your lunch break… all these social activities or activities that take place in public places are being dismissed left and right as the priority of social interaction has been traded out for isolation and quarantine.
How the big meeting you’ve been stressing and busting your ass preparing for may be pushed weeks out. How much hair did you lose in the process that now seems like a big ol’ waste of time?
How professional sporting seasons and concert hall performances are getting cancelled. I mean how many of you already made your March Madness brackets and got all stoked to talk smack and win some money only to find out that the event won’t be happening?
Hell, we can’t even go to the supermarket to purchase toilet paper because everyone and their mother is buying it all up! Like seriously people!?
We need to focus on what we have now and be present in our daily lives.
It doesn’t do us any good to only look ahead to the future when everything can change in an instant.
This week’s quote is from a book () about a 9-year-old boy, Oskar Schell, whose father dies suddenly in the tragic collapse of the World Trade Center on 11 September.
How often do you catch yourself taking things for granted like your parents, your animals, your siblings, your partner, your coworkers, your car, your job, your housing location, your housing situation, your meal preferences, your dedication to your country, your philanthropic contributions to society…
Maybe not all of these are applicable to you, which is more than okay, but how often do you stop to appreciate the person or activity in the moment when it’s actually happening?
I won’t give you a cliche wash your hands for 20 seconds minimum challenge – though please do to prevent the spread of germs. And, oh yeah, cover your mouth when you cough, thanks;)
Instead I challenge you to reconnect with someone you’ve lost touch with.
I want you to really dig deep to consider who that someone is.
I want you to listen to your gut.
And when that first name pops into your head I don’t want you to erase it Etch A Sketch style or try to come up with someone else.
Write that someone’s name down, write down the reason they popped into your mind, open your phone for what its intended purpose was, and dial the number pertaining to that person.
There’s a reason that someone came to mind – DO NOT IGNORE that reason.
It likely isn’t going to be easy or might even be a bit uncomfortable, but if it was going to be easy and comfortable then that someone likely wouldn’t have come to mind.
Maybe that someone isn’t even someone else. Maybe that someone is you.
Whoever that someone is, show them the attention they deserve and listen to them when you talk to them. Be honest with that someone and allow yourself to reconnect.
You never know… you or they may not be here tomorrow.
Reminder to Just Say Yes and Follow Me!
As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!
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