Life's changed pretty dramatically in the past couple of weeks, hasn't it? How are you doing? Hanging in there?
I'm from the school of "we can attitude our way out of this", and I still believe that. We can have an attitude of:
Gratitude, and an attitude adjustment, can help us find the silver lining in some pretty miserable situations. Viktor Frankl said that while we can't always control what happens to us, we can always choose how we respond.
Grateful to connect with you today.
Hey there! I must admit, with everything that's going on in the world because of COVID-19, it could be easy to slip into a negative mindset that says there is nothing but bad luck out there today. I'm not going to do that. If you're looking for doom and gloom, you're not my people.
Instead, let's talk about the value of a positive mental attitude. I live in a tall tower condo, surrounded by people, some of whom I don't know. Some are wearing masks. Some are being cavalier about standing too close. Many have to ride up and down together in a tiny metal box (the elevator) just to leave the building. (Yes, there are stairs, but some people are unable to use those, and others are too worried about losing their gym privileges to consider taking the stairs...sigh). Despite everything that is going on, I know that #AttitudeIsAltitude.
Why am I so sure about that? Because in the past few days I have seen some incredible acts of kindness. The staff in our building keep coming to work, when they have families and, I am sure, would sometimes rather be at home. One of them called over the weekend with ideas for how to increase safety for our residents during the pandemic. Neighbours are looking out for neighbours, asking if they need anything as they go out to run errands or pick up essentials. Conversations are going on in communities. And even business people are continuing to introduce themselves, without pressure, to simply ask, "How can I be of service?"
My grandmother lived to be a hundred. She was feisty and resilient. I plan to be likewise. That means I need to work out those muscles now - so I have them if something even worse comes along. So if I can help you in some way to develop your positive attitude, please reach out. I'm happy to have a conversation. The luck is in us. It's up to us to find it.
I'm Megann Willson. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @movebravely, as well as @walkeatlive, where I mostly talk about food, walking, and enjoying your city. I'm also on LinkedIn. I'm the CEO of PANOPTIKA, and I'm a wife, a mom, recently a grandmother. I'm a knitter, a baker of bread, a lover of food and wine and hospitality, and a fierce believer in controlling our own destiny. How about you? What are you planning on doing with your rich, wonderful future? Connect in the comments, or reach out to me on social media. Let's continue the conversation!
In these tumultuous times, it's easy to put our heads down and not make waves. (Who wants to be compared with some of the great wave-makers all around us, after all)? If you want big change, though, you need to be prepared for big challenges. Newton's third law tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So if you're not getting any "opposite reaction", it's possible you're trying to hard to make your actions fit in, rather than to stand out. Do you have an ethical value that seems to be in opposition with those around you, but without it, you're always hiding some essential part of yourself? Maybe it's time to gently but firmly let your controversy out and live the authentic life that's in you. #movebravely