How life evolves since the day we were born. At the sweet and innocent infant stage, everything starts out simple – eat, sleep, poop. In adulthood, we face the daily stresses that can wear us down over time. We are often tested on how to face adversity.
The current divide in our country is a reminder of how people cast opinions and view situations through different lenses. Some people are driven by fear and anger, while others are fueled by resolve and confidence.
For the most part, we all have choices in how we want to respond to challenging situations. This is a time when all of us need to adjust to a pandemic life that stirs up hardship. The good news is that most have a choice in how we want to address challenges. We can dwell on what we do not have, or we can focus on what we do have.
Like with so many people, our family has dealt with many challenges this year - the loss of a family member, health issues, and even an uncomfortable political divide in the extended family. If we put all our energy and focus on these unfortunate situations, it can be debilitating.
This is the time to be grateful for what we have, who we have in our lives and the opportunities that lie ahead. It is the best way to grow personally and professionally.
My wife and I are grateful for the recent arrival of our new daughter, Macie Jae Ott. She is two days old and she reminds us about how simple things can bring so much joy and love into our lives. All the negativity and stress that surrounds us can wait. We are cherishing this time while we push pause and introduce her to this crazy yet wonderful world.
I hope you can find a reason to push that pause button, as well. Perhaps you can reflect on some of the simple things that brought you joy and excitement and reintroduce them into your life. You might also want to shift some of your energy to the people who really matter to you both personally and professionally.
This is a wonderful opportunity to recharge the batteries and thank those around you.