I’m an encourager. I believe I was put on the planet to inspire and encourage others to follow their dreams. What happens when an encourager isn’t feeling particularly encouraging? I fall back to the lessons I learned in childhood.
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.” – Thumper from Bambi. Directed by David Hand, Walt Disney Pictures, 9 August 1942
Last week was hard. The day job has become more stressful as critical resources shut down due to COVID19. People are wearing masks (I don’t know why this is so depressing for me). I’m not progressing in my art right now and my favorite stress reliever – walking outside with my dog – was impossible when Colorado dropped to a record 13 degrees during April.
What’s my point? We’re all human and subject to becoming overwhelmed. Especially now. It’s okay to take a step back, slow down and feel your feelings. We are all angry, frightened, depressed and anxious right now. Holding the storm of emotions inside isn’t healthy. They must be expressed…BUT in a healthy way. Talk it through with someone you trust. Take a run or work it off in an online fitness class. Put down the donut and close the refrigerator.
Be kind to yourself. Be patient with others. They are going through the same turmoil you are. Remember: The sun will rise again (eventually if you live in the North).
Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.