Mariah here. It has been a considerably long time since my last post. A lot has changed in the past few months due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways none of us foresaw. It has devastated people’s health, livelihood, and so much more. But there is a silver lining at the end of this battle; a glimmer of hope that I discovered only after staying in a place of solitude for weeks on end.
Like many affected by the stay at home orders, I was also forced to stay at home. My daily routine for the past couple months has consisted of work, eating, working out and sleeping. I would make a weekly run to the store, but other than that, I remained at home. This routine continues to this day. For an extrovert, these “stay at home” orders have been painful to adapt to. However, remaining at home has forced me to reflect, making meaning of all the great (and not so great) experiences.
For instance, I realized that I have worried excessively about trivial matters and misplaced my priorities. The hustle and bustle of working in a big city has caused me to be consumed in my work. I worry about work-related things outside of my control such as the outcome of one of my court cases. This excessive worry has caused me to neglect important things like family and my spiritual life.
After a few weeks of reflection, I started to piece together the steps I need to take to live my best life. For me, the most obvious steps were re-prioritizing my life so I put God and then family above everything else. I also learned different stress-relieving techniques which I will share with you in another post (stay tuned).
The point of this post is not to over elaborate on my experience during this pandemic. My intent is to use a basic example to encourage you to use this quiet time to reflect. You only stand to gain. Reflection helps you learn from your mistakes, gives your perspective and re-prioritizes your life. And who knows? You may learn something new about yourself or discover a hidden mystery that will change the trajectory of your life. You will only know if you try.
(This post is not meant to discount the real pain and suffering families have experienced all across the globe.)
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit