[Wellness] Some Things to Think About…

How are you doing — really? Are you taking care of yourself? Are you taking the time to find the good in your situation right now? Are you letting yourself feel all the feels (as the young folks say)? Are you being kind to yourself?

We’re living in some less-than-ideal circumstances right now, so I thought I’d share some words of wisdom from some pretty smart people for this Wellness Wednesday. I hope they encourage you.

Two clenched fists facing one another with light coming out from them with text overlay: "The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Sailboat on water with text overlay: "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Jimmy Dean
Hourglass with text overlay: "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." Dr. Seuss
Two cupped hands with text overlay: "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and one for helping others." Maya Angelou
Old and young hands clasped together with text overlay: "If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete." Jack Kornfield
Little girl laughing with text overlay: "The most wasted of days is one without laughter."

These all reminded me that we need to make the most of each day, find joy where we can, and take care of ourselves and each other.

How are YOU? What is helping you get through our time of social distancing and changed schedules? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

17 comments

  1. Great reminders. 🌸 The only thing that has changed in my life is I can no longer easily order groceries online. That and I’m terrified someone in my home will fall ill. To cope I’m time blocking social media, watching cheesy TV, and generally trying to stay as peaceful as possible. It’s a tall order though. Hoping you and yours stay safe and well 💙

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble ordering your groceries online now Mishka. I hope things settle down and move a little more toward normal soon. Like you, I’m limiting my social media time and watching “cheesy TV” to avoid having all the anxiety coming into our home every day. I hope you and your family stay safe and well sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

  2. I love this post, Terri! What a light you are in an otherwise chaotic time. Thank you! 🤗

    That Maya Angelou quote is powerful. It’s true, we can’t be anything for anyone if we don’t first take care of the carer. It’s a tough lesson to learn sometimes, but it’s a critical one! We try to take on so much and all it does is wear us down and out. Getting up after we’ve been knocked down is much more difficult!

    So much about life has been upended and is definitely taking some adjusting to. While other parts have been a blessing. The less hectic schedule has been a really nice change here. Hubby and I have been able to put so much more energy and focus into our nursery (plants) business. For us, that means a lot as retirement is upon us and switching gears for the long-term is necessary.

    My heart still breaks for those who haven’t had the positive side of the coin. My prayers are with everyone during this pandemic. I pray for safety, peace and fresh understanding as to where to go from here. Your post is a great start to remind us to keep living, stay safe, stay well and prioritize ourselves.

    Sending you my very best love & hugs. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Thank you so much Holly! I’m glad these spoke to you. I’ve been trying to be mindful of noticing all the blessings that are coming out of this situation. Like you, my heart breaks for so many who are suffering. I’m glad you and your Hubby are able to put more energy into your nursery right now. Have you guys seen an increase in business because of this? I keep seeing posts in our city FB group about all the gardening stores being packed right now. Our favorite nursery is taking orders over the phone and doing curbside pick-up to avoid the overcrowding that the big-box stores have been experiencing. Stay safe and well, sweet friend! Sending love and hugs!

  3. Lovely post Terri!
    We are riding this wave well, I do miss our drives by the seaside, which we did a few times a week but aren’t allowed to do that anymore, only out & about for essential things otherwise a $1,000 fine. Truly it isn’t a huge sacrifice to stay at home to keep everyone safe.

    Hubby & I are just enjoying each others company & have been able to get some projects finished! 😀
    Blessings to you this Easter,
    Jennifer

  4. Hey Terri, thanks for sharing these quotes. In a time like this, it’s always good to hear quotes that gives a positive life affirming vibe. It’s a weird time and it’s really true that we’re all in this together. Hope you and your family stay safe!

    1. Thank you Mark! It IS a weird time, isn’t it? There’s so much bad news with this pandemic, but there’s also so much good news coming out of it all too. It seems that separating everyone has resulted in our coming together more than ever in some ways. I hope you and your family are staying safe as well! Blessings to you!

  5. I have such a soft spot for quotes and you’ve chosen some amazing ones. “Beautiful people do not just happen” – that’s such a powerful way of looking at it, and I totally agree. Great minds think alike with the Dr Seuss one because I’ve got that in a draft for a future post! Dr Seuss was so full of insight and wisdom. Thank you for the uplifting post, Terri ♥ Stay safe & have a restful weekend. Happy Easter to you & yours! xx

    1. Thanks so much Caz – I’m glad you liked them! Dr. Seuss really was a brilliant man, wasn’t he? As you said, he was just “full of insight and wisdom.” Between him and Mr. Rogers, we could probably learn everything we ever needed to know…. Happy Easter to you and your family too sweet friend! Sending love and hugs!

    1. I’m glad you liked them V.J.. I find inspiration from so many people, and sometimes just having those short quotes helps me put things into perspective. Take good care of yourself sweet friend. Hugs!

      1. I find comfort in words on inspiration, too.
        We heard last night that the virus is now in my mom’s nursing home too. I pray, but feel selfish praying only for my family, as I know many others are going through this too. Must keep positive.

  6. Terri, these quotes are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the one from Maya Angelou, which reminds me about self-care and helping others, balancing the two… A blessed Easter I wish you for you xx

    1. Thank you so much Christy! I thought the Maya Angelou quote was an important one also, especially during the time we’re in now. I hope you had a very blessed Easter as well! Stay safe and well sweet friend!

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