Focus on What You Can Do to Get Through Challenging Times

Right now, perhaps more than ever, we have to watch the way we manage our mindset and our energy. To help with that, each day this month, I’m offering you 4 gifts: one image, one quote, one idea, and one thing you might want to try.



Limit your “always” and your “nevers”.
― Amy Poehler (1971 – ) American actress, writer, director


Many of us are living in quarantine in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Restaurants are closed and businesses are on hold. It’s been weeks since I’ve been able to hug a friend or greet a client with a handshake instead of a Zoom call.

And everything feels – well – just off.

It’s amazing, isn’t it, how many things we do that depend on our ability to congregate with others? Simple acts like meeting a new colleague for coffee or offering a retreat to your clients have suddenly become impossible, and precious.

But this crazy time won’t last. As with all crises, it will eventually lift, and we will get back to some semblance of normal, even if, on some level, we’ve changed the way we define that word.

This will get better.


Rather than focus on all the things we can’t do, let’s talk about what we can. And what we will.

And as Amy Poehler says, let’s be careful about the limits we so often put on ourselves.

What can you still do now, even in the middle of this great shut-down, to serve your clients and connect with those you care about?

And what is that one thing you can’t wait to do as soon as restrictions begin to lift and we can meet up again?

Me? I can still talk to you, here, each day, and let you know that I care about you and that I’m thinking about you – because I am.

And as soon as restrictions begin to lift? I’m hugging my grandson for sure. Then I’ll be making my way back to Vienna Coffee and the happy noise of conversations all around me in real time, in the same room.

That will be music to my ears.

How about you?

P.S. How are you staying in touch with those you care about? Tell me about it here.


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