I’ll be honest, shelter-in-place and social distancing has not been a cake walk for me. And through my portal to the world and the rest of you (a.k.a. my MacBook Air), looks like some of you may be experiencing the same. 

Maybe you are one of those gifted individuals that have figured out how to survive in this global pandemic with grace and ease, still managing your daily life, connecting regularly with loved ones on FaceTime or Zoom, exercising daily, eating well, enjoying the quiet time, cooking every meal from scratch and still keeping the house cleaned and the kids schooled and occupied, trusting that life will be okay, and still completing every responsibility of your day job while working from home.

Or maybe you’re more like me? Some days you’re enjoying the slower pace of life, taking care of what work you still have, exploring your creativity in the kitchen or garden or dining room-turned-art studio, reading about stories of generosity, and discovering glimmers of love and hope. 

And then other days you don’t even want to get out of bed. You feel purposeless. Tears come and go all day and your world feels very small. All you can hope for is to make it to dinner  so you can watch a movie or read a book and go back to bed.

As a coach, I find myself in an interesting place. My work has currently declined. Helping others find solutions, trust their innate wisdom, feel their sense of purpose and belonging, is what I love doing. It brings me purpose, it exercises my muscles of love and understanding, and helps me feel a sense of belonging through engaging whole heartedly with the world.

Yet many businesses I work with are not considered “essential” now, and some have chosen to put a pause on coaching. Other clients I’ve been working with are employees of companies that are still functioning and they are so busy trying to keep up with their work remotely, while homeschooling their kids, that they can’t find the time for our conversations. 

So with this extra time on my hands, I’ve been paying a great deal of attention to what has some individuals and businesses still thriving during this global crisis.

What I have come to see is that the individuals and businesses that are doing well are:

  • Creative
  • Flexible & agile
  • Generous
  • Grateful

Creative: “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein

Human beings are born to create. Look at all the amazing stuff that is out there already! We are only limited by our lack of imagination, and that damn little “nay’-sayer” in the head. You know the one, the one that stops every out of the box idea that you have. 

Last week I saw an article that a high school senior asked Obama to deliver an online commencement address. What a great idea! 

What great ideas do you have that you think are too crazy or big to attempt? You might already have your life or business plan in place, but none of it makes sense now considering the current state we are in. Make a new plan! Try something new! What do you have to lose?

Flexible & Agile: 

I’ve seen businesses put out new services and offerings in a matter of days, and revamping their websites to provide what is now most needed by their customers. 

So you had a brick and mortar shop? Set up an on-line store!! 

You can’t cut hair, give massages, or host live events. But you can offer your expertise in on-line classes and events. 

This is where that crazy creative idea takes shape. Take one step at a time. When you get through that step, take the next one. Embrace the uncertainty of not knowing exactly how it will look like in the end. Dive in and don’t delay. Start with just one thing.

Exercise Generosity:

Share your gifts! Do what you do well and share it with others. Be of service to those who need what you offer or do well. Acting from generosity not only helps others, but it brings people together and reminds us that we are all in this together. It connects us with our hearts, which then opens up more creativity, and gratitude. Being of service is not only helpful, but it has been shown to reduce stress, combat loneliness and depression, and provide a sense of purpose. 

Practice Gratitude:  

Sure, it can be easy to go down the rabbit hole of worrying and complaining. But look around for one minute and be grateful for every single thing you can see

“There is nothing more important you could ever do for yourself and everyone else, than to tune into the frequency of gratitude and joy. When we observe the world from a resonant field of gratitude, when we use our attention to spot beauty, to gaze at wonder- we emit a frequency of love, of magic, of miracles. This joy oscillation is the most powerful frequency on the planet and has the capability of radically uplifting the world.” – Pam Grout, Thank and Grow Rich

As soon as I even start naming what I am grateful for around me, my energy shifts. And as my energy shifts with that gratitude, I see more that I am grateful for. Then I find myself wanting to share with others,  which then opens my creative mind to see what else I can do. It is that simple. That is how thoughts become things, and magic and miracles unfold… by the energy of gratitude and joy.

If you do nothing else each day than practicing gratitude for everything that you do have. And believe me, if you are reading this, I know you have a lot.

And I am going to start in this moment, with saying thank YOU! Thank you for reading and blessing my life with your friendship. I am very much looking forward to seeing you in person as soon as possible!

Wishing you a blessed and wonder-filled day!