The other day I canceled Thanksgiving with my large and extended family, however only after agonizing over it for a couple of days. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, more than Christmas, more even than my birthday. I love cooking all day, the smells and entertaining a house full of flowers, food and loved ones. I felt sad, disappointed and weary of it all. However as a former ER nurse, I just couldn’t risk any of what it would mean to disregard the serious warning of the experts.
So no traditional Thanksgiving this year. And yet in this chaotic, unpredictable time I am reminded of the importance of character, of doing the right thing regardless of whether anyone will know or not, of my perspective and how important it is to maintain a grateful heart and mind. Though that’s not easy in the middle of decreased income, stalled stimulus talks, tightening cash flow and uncertainty of what 2021 will bring/or not, and we have it better than some. One of the practices we’ve taken on is putting order to the chaos around us.
This takes the form of daily huddles, exploring and engaging in LEAN principles in our business coaching firm, and massively turning up the volume of the team’s learning. We’ve maintained the rituals we had in place prior to the pandemic and are embracing all 5 of the essential arenas of well-being. These include; Career – liking the work you do everyday / Financial – able to manage your money / Social – having meaningful friendships / Physical – the energy to do what you need to do / Community – you like where you live.
As a team we’re taking on aspects of each of these arenas to put order into the current chaos around us as individuals and in the business. We’re focusing on our natural talents and deepening them into strengths daily since this is where we bring the greatest value to the world. And one other practice and it is a practice, is being willing to let go of the nagging sense of “it shouldn’t be this way” a feeling that undermines the creativity and energy necessary to ride this wave of uncertainty to any kind of success.
I’d love to hear how you’re putting order to the chaos around you.