Light Your Own Fire

Apr 01, 2020 by Pegi Ivery Brown

Here’s the great news, we will come out on the other side. And when we look back on this time,

  • time they forced us to step away from life as usual

  • time they forced us to stay home for our own safety and the safety of others.

  • time they forced us to just be still

What do you want to say you did with the weeks, possibly months you had on lock down?

You may be like some people struggling day by day to stay motivated and uplifted. Others cannot focus long enough to get anything accomplished. Believe me, I know how that feels, I’ve felt the same way myself. But it’s important that we look for ways to encourage ourselves. We must inspire ourselves. It’s our responsibility in times of difficulty to light our own fire.

Here are five tips I think might help you during COVID-19 to light your own fire.

1. Tune out and turn off. If you find yourself all day every day on TV, Internet, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, receiving a constant diet of news updates, shut it off. You want to stay informed; I get that, but don’t watch more news than you need. After the Boston Marathon Bombing, viewers who stayed glued to the TV showed signs of PTSD just from watching the endless news. Pick a reputable source from which to get your news updates once or twice a day then shut it off and keep it moving.

2. Start your day with structure. Begin with an hour of power each morning. Being at home is no excuse for slacking off from caring for yourself, body, mind and spirit. The first hour of the day set aside to charge yourself up for what lies ahead.

20 minutes of prayer and meditation.

20 minutes of reading something inspirational, positive and uplifting

20 minutes of physical activity - simple as taking a walk around the neighborhood

3. Reach out. Connect with people you care about. Make a call, send a text or email, mail a card. Connect with friends, family and especially the elderly or anyone living alone. My family got together for a Zoom Game Night. It was silly and fun, but we all felt so connected.

4. Pick one. Now is the perfect time to pick one of those projects you’ve been promising yourself you’d do one day but never seem to get around to it. Now is the time to organize the closet, scan all those photos into your computer, finish read or writing that book. Imagine how great you’ll feel when this is over and you have a completed project to show for it.

5. Be grateful. No matter how unpleasant things seems or how bad they get, there is always something to be grateful for. When you acknowledge all your blessing more shows up in your life to be grateful for.

No one knows when this lock down will end. We are living in unprecedented times and must take things day by day. My prayer is that you and your loved ones remain safe. Through it all, I hope my tips will help you light your own fire.

 

Stay encouraged and be blessed.