Two weeks ago, the US presidential election tipped our world and left many of us feeling anxious, uncertain of the future, and way out of balance.
Here are a few thoughts to help you get your balance back, focus on the good in the world, and be honestly grateful this week:
- Think about things you can do to make your community a better, safer, more welcoming place. A friend of mine from The Good Life Project is sponsoring a community potluck this week for her neighbors to make sure everyone in her neighborhood feels included. Would this work on your street?
- Concentrate on things you have control over and be mindful that sometimes all you can control is what you think and how you react.
- Focus on being kind to all things and all people, including yourself, at all times. No exceptions.
- Listen to people you agree with and don’t agree with. When you ask questions and genuinely listen to the answers you find common threads and common stories. We all want to be listened to. So listen.
- Reclaim your time from low-energy pursuits. Watch less TV, read less news, and limit your time on social media. Use your saved time to get outside, to meditate, to learn something new, or to get more sleep.
- Write a letter to someone you disagree with – and then throw it out. Having your say on paper when you know talking will get you nowhere helps express your ideas without alienating someone who is a dear friend or family member. Or write to the new administration. “Dear President-Elect: As my representative to the world, I insist that you stick to the following principles…”
- Remember that complaining is a waste of time.
- Do work that’s helpful and that lifts your energy. Whether it’s for pay or as a volunteer, show up and focus on the task at hand. Remember that whatever you’re doing is the most important thing you can be doing. Be present.
- Spend time every day being grateful for what you have and grateful for this time on Earth. Things are unfolding the way they’re supposed to unfold. Trust the Universe that something good is just around the corner.
Sending you warm thoughts from our nation’s capital.