One thing so many people were asking for was more Time. More time with family, more time to complete project and hobbies, more time to be able to create something new.
In March 2020 we were given just that. With Stay-at-Home orders given around the globe, people were given more time. But did it feel more like a difficult challenge or a blessing?
Many people have the challenge of working form home and homeschooling simultaneously. Others have more time on their hands than they know what to do with.
No matter how you look at it we are all now allotted more time. For me, still working a 40-hour workweek I now have an addition 2-hours a day that used to be my daily commute.
The interesting aspect of the social restrictions are the new opportunities that can come from such a drastic change. As people close their doors and the world slows way down, it gives us a chance to evaluate where we are, where we want to be, and who we want to be.
We currently have 36.5 million unemployed in the US. That is a scary number. If you did not lose your job, then you know someone who has. We are all affected by it. It is scary for most because you do not know what is next. When everything is looking bleak it can be difficult to think to yourself, “Everything is working out for me”. It can be challenging to look with hope to the future.
Everything is changing. How we work and conduct business will be different. 64% of people polled who are currently working from home want to continue remote work when business reopen. This will force a change in how business is conducted. What we do next may be different. We are facing an unknown future. How to look toward this future will make a difference. What you choose to focus on, think about, and believe will determine what happens next in your world.
You have two choices; one, you can keep creating the familiar past, or two, you can look to the future and rewrite your chosen path. I think this is a great opportunity to reach for something you have always dreamed of doing. I am not just talking career wise. You may be happy with that you are or were doing. Maybe you dream of getting in shape, maybe you dream of expanding your circle of friends. You can volunteer somewhere that interests you. Many paths can cross, and new opportunities discovered.
Take some time to sit with yourself and dream of what can add joy to your life. For example, I get this next week off for a long overdue vacation. I have decided that I will write one piece of something that uplifts and inspires each day. I already write every day to work on completing my book. This is just for the blog. No ulterior motives to convince people to buy something or sign up for anything. My blogs are just there to uplift, encourage, and hopefully inspire people to be the best, authentic versions of themselves. To be encouraging to anyone who crossed my path during these uncertain times.
I do not want to see people getting stuck in depression, worry and anxiety. Those feelings will trap you in a static life. When you seek joy or at least small moments of satisfaction you experience more clarity of thinking and you can begin to open yourself up to new ideas, people, and opportunities.
Love & Blessings,
Ashley J. Spurgeon