December 20, 2020-Self Growth as the Goal-Making space for what is important, day 12

Hello December,

yes, Christmas is approaching and lockdown brings me back to my parents’ home as an adult, and it would have almost been my worst nightmare when I was an adolescent, if it hadn’t been worse two years ago. Because two years ago, I had all that, plus, I didn’t have a job.

And still, when I look to pictures two years back, I was smiling and found a way to be happy. And a few years back it felt even worse to fail something. I just decided to continue the effort no matter what.

My point is, despite having had some “wins” in my life, like a good degree, good notes, initiating an artistic network in Paris which brought together important figures, I couldn’t support myself and my relationships sucked.

I have faced situations like finding only a horrid job and being fired from it, or seeing years pass and nothing tangible coming up.

Until I didn’t have any more psychological resources. And then, somehow I got them back. My faith also.

SO, even when my material resources were over, and my old world was crumbling under my feet, I had psychological resources and FAITH, not to a particular goal, not to show anyone anything, not to shut up any critic, but to continue looking for a path, learning from other people and not afraid to be wrong if that meant I would keep on learning.

This got me into a job I could support myself with, but where I suffered from bullying and bad work environment. I kept looking and I got a much better one. And finally, had the possibility to resign from something I didn’t want.

So, this lockdown, apart from other things, is a good time to readjust goals and decide what makes my heart sing today, instead of reaching goals for anyone else.

And this happens when SELF GROWTH becomes the goal, independent of age, instead of reaching any specific goal. How can I keep learning and developing my full potential as a human being? How to balance relationships with decisions on our own personal path?

To be continued…

December 1st, 2020- Making place for what is important, day 10

Welcome December!

I went out for a walk this morning, it was kind of cold, with a cold wind lifting up the fallen leaves; and yet, this weather has a lot of energy, there is something to expect… in the air… something interesting…

So, yes, I make space for a nice cup of coffee with cinnamon and chocolate, and then I listened to some music and danced…

Not a lot of people is circulating, and we are wearing masks;

I fed the cat who now lives in the garden, Felix…

And then back to prepare online meetings…

It is great to be able to work from home at a time when work is not easy…

But more than that, I would like to prepare for something magical to happen, by making space for what is important on a daily basis;

I am writing a few lines in my new novel and also think of starting something in English that I would be able to share 🙂

April 16, 2020- Having a plan when we work from home with other people

Hello April,

this morning, after playing with the cat, I bought presents online, for my godson whose birthday is close, and I also send him a nice cake. The thing is, I spent all morning in this successful endeavour, and then I realised I couldn’t concentrate on work.

Instead of that, I played an online game.

Yes, I did.

How responsible of me, since I am “working from home” and my workload isn’t getting lighter?

This is why I stressed.

I had a reason.

This reminds me of my school years, when I had some issues concentrating which affected my productivity.

But I grew up.

I faced these challenges and conquered them.

That is why I am an adult.

Then how do I make a significant change?

Again, I want to be more active in the house.

Make a plan and stick to it, can help.

For example, I am torn between everyday work, work for something I write and household related stuff.

And in all this, something must be fun also.

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April 15, 2020- Do we matter in a Covid19 lockdown period? Dance, concentrate, act!

Hello April,

here are we, the lucky ones, working from home, because others are not well and others have to risk their lives more often and we are so grateful for that …

How do we concentrate when times flies, uniform and external boundaries are no longer there to place a limit?

As artists, or writers, we know something about it…

I find it hard to concentrate the last couple of days… having also a feeling of powerlessness to act in a meaningful way.

What if it were not the case?

Planning and sticking to the plan could be a way to tackle this.

Finding also time to connect and to take action -using social media or other forms- diffusing information from health authorities, funding in our limited way meaningful initiatives…

such as the research on the vaccine and the cure of COVID-19

And then go back to our everyday tasks and act act and act again again and again!

And most of all, Dance, Dance and Dance!

At home, in our room, corridor, stairs!

Because dancing is sooo good for our brains!

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201310/why-is-dancing-so-good-your-brain

 

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