By Cyrena Martin
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Anxious? Like things are spiraling out of your control? You are not alone! We are all experiencing a situation that we have never been through before and have no idea when things will go back to the way they were (if EVER). We are adapting to a worldwide pandemic which has changed the way we do almost everything. Essential workers are overworked and exhausted. We thank you for all that you do for us, our families, and our communities. Employees, many of whom are now working from home, are spending endless hours at their computers and feeling like they are at work 24 hours a day. We must create balance.
Work Hard~Play Hard - What exactly does this mean? Many of us grew up with a very strict work ethic, focusing primarily on working hard. We have all heard or used phrases such as: "You get what you work for, not what you wish for." ~Author Unknown OR "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." ~ Vidal Sassoon. And I think we can all agree that to reach success we must put in plenty of hard work. However, we can not forget about balance; we need to rejuvenate, relax, and enjoy the fruits of our labor in order to feel satisfied in our lives. We must explore the balance between purpose and fulfillment, creating lifetime achievements such as memories, making significant differences, and leaving our legacy for generations to follow.
WORK HARD! Yes, this is a time to focus on your goals, dreams, and aspirations. Start that business, write that book, go back to school, do what your heart desires. Get up in the morning. Start your day with routine prayer, tea, or coffee; figure out what you want to accomplish. Working hard is a way for us to grow and acquire personal development to elevate and be better in everything we do in life. By working hard, we set examples for our children and others who may be studying how we handle adversity, struggle, and what is required to perform at many levels to reach visible or monetary success. Self-fulfillment is self-motivating; we know we did our best and put in the long hours, sweat, and commitment to something we are passionate about. Working hard not only invites self-gratification, but also earns accolades and admiration from supporters for reaching goals we have committed to. Working hard has many aspects that are beneficial to what we contribute to the future.
PLAY HARD! A time to celebrate all the hard work, training, education/graduation, business start-ups or promotions that we have all achieved. Many of us experience emptiness after achieving a goal that we were entirely focused on for a period of time. We ask ourselves, “What's next?” It is very typical to feel the "blues" after finishing a project or completing a goal. Playing hard can be accomplished by discovering ways to take care of yourself. This is a must!
BE KIND! "Kindness, It Costs Nothing But Means Everything"
Being kind is an essential part of your success. First, be kind to yourself. We all make mistakes, we all make adjustments, and there are allowances for not being perfect. You deserve happiness and you are worthy of success. Remember how the kindness of others has made a difference in your ability to overcome, persevere, and progress through challenging times; as well as to survive when you thought you were alone. A person's kind words can be powerful, and may give motivation or support to someone who feels like giving up. The generosity of both time and resources (not necessarily monetary) can make the difference for someone maintaining their household with basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, going back to school, or taking the first step towards a lifelong dream. We are natural mentors; what we know is to be shared and used to uplift and encourage others. Making someone laugh or smile could literally save their life. Remember we are all facing each day with grief, pain, fear, and many other life challenges. Being kind is a form of gratitude. Do not think of being kind as giving something away; actually, you are receiving at the same time. An act of kindness attracts kindness. It has the power to reduce stress, boost the immune system, and help reduce negative emotions such as anger, depression, and anxiety.
“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”
—Barbara De Angelis