Staying in control during lockdown.
The headlines say it.
Stay at Home.
Meanwhile we are all at home watching our daily routine disappear like a Politicians promises. We no longer feel in control of our everyday lives.This is leading to a sense of loss, of purpose, of meaning. If you have ever been through one of lifes major traumas then maybe you already have ways to deal with these feelings – please share with us.
Make your bed.
I came across this one some years ago and it has inspired me as I have passed through a few personal trials in the last decade. Admiral William H. McRaven, a US Navy Seal gave an address at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. One of the points that really stood out for me was when he said, “If you want to change the World, start off by making your bed”.
I loved the points he then made. Making you bed should be the first task of the day and it is easy to do so you start the day having successfully completed your first task. That will lead to the next task and the next and the next, until your day is full of successfully completed tasks.
It is also a reminder that the little things in life are important.
And if you have a bad day, at least you will have a nice bed to sleep in!
His speech goes on to talk about facing up to lots of the other issues that can face you in life and he puts it all in the context of his military training.
You can watch the key points of the speech here
And remember – Make Your Bed.
Denzel Washington has given several inspirational speeches at Universities across America. Do not focus on the things you can fall back on, just be prepared to fail, and keep moving forward. Do what you feel passionate about. Think outside the box, Dream big and Fall Forward.
I love these next two quotes from him.
“If you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.”
“Dreams without Goals are just Dreams.”
Just before the corona virus hit, I invested in a new website called Days Out in Leeds. It advertises places to go, Movies, Bars, Restaurants, and places to Visit. Well you can imagine how that is going just now. I know it will work because I believe it will. It will just take longer to come to profit. I am falling forward.
To listen to Denzel, go here.
Do not go to bed with a sink full of dishes!
This is a personal one of mine. Every night before going to bed I make sure the kitchen is clear of dirty dishes. Sometimes this means filling the Dishwasher and setting it going. Usually it means clearing up a few cups and plates. It takes five or ten minutes, but it makes getting up the next day so much more pleasant, especially once I have made my bed!