You might have heard about Italy and other countries like France and Spain being on a total lock down. When I saw footage of Italians playing music and singing to each other while virtually trapped in their houses, I wanted to share it with you all. Our complicated and beautiful species always finds a way to create beauty in a bad situation.
I am paraphrasing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s quote from his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933. In reference to the economic depression that he inherited, President Roosevelt stated, “…let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…” That statement is applicable now.
For now, my workplace is staying open. It’s a place that hundreds of people visit daily. I’m not happy about that. However, I am not afraid for my own health. Fear is not going to help me nor my children. If we have to self-quarantine, we will deal with it.
Stay informed, but don’t overwhelm yourself.
Find fun things to do.
Check on your neighbors.
Hug the people you love.
Most important: breathe.
My late grandmother Annie Lee Lighting used to say to me, “Baby, we is living in the end times. You say your prayers every night. You hear me?”
“Yes, Grandma. I hear you,” I would say.
It’s not the end times, but it damn sure feels like it.
Breathe. Turn off the news. Read a book. Play board games. Write what you are grateful for in a gratitude journal. Don’t read social media conspiracy theories. Go out in nature. Spend time with people you love.
It’s time to connect with loved ones. If there’s anything good about all this craziness is that we see how much we all need each other.
Let me know how the coronavirus has changed life in your city or at your job. (((hugs)))
My friend Janet once told me, “Turn your pain into art.” Without pain, there is no depth to creative work. It’s empty.
Contemporary examples in music are:
- Rihanna: Love on the Brain
- Adele: Rolling in the Deep
- Beyonce: Lemonade (the entire album)
- Alanis Morrissette: You Oughta Know
- Lizzo: Truth Hurts
- Amy Winehouse: Back to Black
Quoting Mocha Angels Day 69, these artists have transmuted even bitter and heart-breaking experiences and conditions of life into spiritual loveliness.
So take what hurts and put it into song, poetry, photography, visual art, books, videos, or whatever you love.
“All financial doors are open. All financial channels are free. Endless bounty now comes to me!”
And repeat often!
(An oldie but goodie.)
What is the point of being blessed with talent if you don’t share it with anyone? What if God had created Earth, yet had no one to occupy it? Why have furniture if no one sits on it? What is the point of having musical talent if you won’t play in front of an audience?
Share your talents with the world. You have no idea whose day you will brighten by sharing your gifts.
I share my gifts with the world today.
Day Seven of work.
An affirmation for work:
“In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete. My unique creative talents and abilities flow through me and are expressed in deeply satisfying ways. There are people out there who are always looking for services. I am always in demand and can pick and choose what I want to do. I earn good money doing what satisfies me. My work is a joy and a pleasure. All is well in my world.”
– Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life
Thank you for reading this series about work. Please let me know if it helped change how you think about your job.
The Work Series:
If you love them, show them how you feel. Have a great weekend.
And try those milkshakes that are going live in two minutes.😊
- Bring a smile to someone else’s face.
- Greet a stranger.
- Secretly help someone in need.
- Write a positive comment on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (I’m writing about this soon.)
- Surprise your partner with a home cooked meal.
- Call your mom. If she’s not here anymore, talk to her anyway.
- Share the music you listened to as a kid with your kids.
- Bring light to a place where there is none.
“……my therapist taught me, “Everything in moderation, except joy.” As I looked back over my life, I began to understand that my joy, indeed my very existence, depends on me inhaling goodness unapologetically.” – “Sharing ‘Good Vibes’ Only Can Save Your Life” by Danielle Young (link to full article below.)
I read that quote in the December 2019 issue of Essence magazine. I was reading the magazine at Firestone Auto Care while waiting for my car to be repaired after an unexpected breakdown. The column struck me so much that I took a picture of the above paragraph.
So how to inhale more goodness, more joy when the “dailyness” of life is wearing you down? Reading Mocha Angels 365 is always good! That Ms. Mocha Angel is on point! (HA HA!)
Doing things that bring you joy is key.
Enter ellieejay from the Pointless Overthinking blog. She wrote a post called “How to Love the Repetition of Life.” (link to full post below) Simple pleasures, with minimum effort and minimum cost, are the key the enjoying the repetition of life, says ellieejay. I’m down like four flat tires with her line of thinking.
The simplest of all my pleasures is singing. I sing all.the.time. Everywhere. Anywhere. Ask my kids. I dance too. I can’t dance worth snot, but I don’t care. Song and dance bring me joy. I can’t do either one of them too much.
How do you inhale goodness? What are your simple pleasures?
Sharing ‘Good Vibes’ Only Can Save Your Life by Danielle Young: https://www.essence.com/videos/watch-the-overexplainer-good-vibes-only/
How to Love the Repetition of Life by elliejay: https://pointlessoverthinking.com/2020/01/10/how-to-love-the-repetition-of-life/