“When this is over, I will …

… get a haircut.

… hug everyone.

… do more with less.

… save more money.

… keep cooking at home.

… take better care of myself.

… do work that aligns with my values.

… appreciate quality family time more.

… continue to tap into my creative side.

… leave more space in my schedule for … space.”

No one dreams of going back to doing the things that made them miserable. So, as Dr. John Berardi told us, paraphrased:

Yes, take a moment to grieve. Write down all the things that this pandemic has done to you on a piece of paper. Then, burn that piece of paper.

Next, take another piece of paper, and write down all of the things that this pandemic has given you. Keep that one.”

(Watch the full talk, for health & fitness professionals, here.)

Here’s the thing about ‘when this is over’. There will be an end to this really tough patch that you’re dealing with, but there is no way to tell exactly what it will look like.

In case you haven’t noticed, we are not good at predicting the future.

That future that you’re imagining, when everything goes ‘back to normal’, is only in your head. It’s a prediction. It has not happened yet.

But, that does not mean you have no control at all.

You can only shape the future through your behavior today.

Aside from the hugs, and perhaps the absence of a family member with steady hands, you don’t have to ‘wait until this is over’ to do any of those things.

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