Phew! I’m so glad it is officially spring in my area of the world. March has been a bit of a doozy. Our household had its share of viruses and bugs on and off since the first of the month. I think (*fingers crossed*) that we are finally on the other end of it!
During the haze of barf buckets and chicken soup, March 13th happened. March 13th was the 3 year anniversary of when everything shut down for my state in 2020 (and likely around when your world changed as well). On that day, I took a moment to recognize the day, took a few deep breaths and released how much has happened over the last three years.
These anniversaries are worth acknowledging because even if our minds don’t think they are important, our bodies remember. Somehow, our bodies know that when we were at this point in space a few years ago, our lives changed – just as animals know when to emerge for the spring season or migrate across a continent at the same time every year. Our innate intelligence lies within us whether we recognize it or not.
In 2021, the big question my friends and I asked was – “when will this end?” Last week, I looked around me and asked myself the same question with almost equal despair. I was exhausted mentally, physically and emotionally. It would have been wonderful to have an end date to work towards. It would have given me comfort in the unknown.
If I am in a room that I’ve never been in, the first thing I do is look around and locate the exit. When you’re in a movie theatre, they make sure to point out the exit signs for you. Knowing where we can go to get OUT allows ease in a new, scary or vulnerable situation. It’s always great to have an exit strategy.
When I asked myself last week “when will this end?”, I saw the “end” as my exit. But unlike in a movie theatre, when we are thrust into a situation, like a multi-weekslong bout of stomach bug or a global pandemic, and don’t have any control of the outcome, there is no exit to locate.
This can be quite disconcerting. Without that surety of an end or exit, where is our grounding in those situations? How do we know we are safe?
Well, when there is no “exit strategy,” we’ve got one thing – the present.
The here and now is the only sure thing, and if we can learn to be in it even when the next day is not certain, we can find safety in the most uncertain times.
In a culture where being present equates to not doing anything, it can feel like stagnation, laziness or passivity.
The reality is there is tremendous power in the present and in being still, aware and intentional.
In my upcoming in-person workshop Embrace Your Power, we will be redefining power for ourselves and align it with our inner strength and knowing. Find out all about it here: https://lisaforreal.com/embrace-your-power-workshop/
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