Who Do I Want To Be in Times of Crisis
The way communities have shown support for one another still never ceases to amaze me. I was on an early morning walk with my younger sister when we passed by one of our local stores, and they had this posted up on the window:
It’s really a small gesture, but when you think about the time, effort, and thought that went behind it, it reflects the most important parts about what it means to look out for one another. Putting aside their own needs, they didn’t just close their doors, but they thought, “Hey, what’s something within our power that we can do to bring positivity?”
Gathering supplies, making the piece, and putting the poster up — that’s easily an hour or two of work, for a few smiles and warm hearts from strangers walking by. It’s inspired me to change my daily outlook and mentality, and think about ways I can be a more positive influence.
I challenged to ask myself:
- Who do I want to be to others?
- How do I want to act in accordance with this?
I realized that the recent big changes in my life have distracted me from the time I usually reserve for self-reflection.
Slowing down is easier during good times, and can feel difficult during hard times. But when it's the last thing on our mind, that’s when we need it most.
When we’re sad, angry, or upset, we tend to forget the importance of looking back at our actions and thinking about our influence on the world around us, but this thoughtfulness is what brings us the best experiences. By opening yourself up and living in line with your principles, you’ll attract positive individuals and positive encounters, and build on these moments which can pivot your outlook on life.
It’s not always intuitive for me to engage with my thoughts and values, but I always leave the writing exercise feeling a bit calmer and more empowered.
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