The Slow Down
As Thanksgiving comes to an end it’s easy to reflect that it’s been an unparalleled year. Presently, many of us were told to not participate in our usual Thanksgiving festivities and to limit our social and family gatherings to a minimum; in order to help prevent the spread of Covid during the second wave we presently find ourselves in.
As Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and remember all the things we are thankful for I took some time this weekend to participate in this exercise. As I reflected on the year, the one thing that stood out the most for me was that 2020 has been a year of the slow down.
We all have been able to take time to slow down… we've been able to slow down in our social gatherings, our jobs, social pressures, extra curricular activities, traveling, our expenses and so much more.
I'm thankful that 2020 has given me an opportunity to slow down and take an honest look at the life I was living and determine if changes were necessary.
Some realizations literally landed in my lap and opened my eyes to new possibilities, while others came from a longing in my heart that finally had an opportunity to break free.
One of the biggest things for me was getting back on track with my educational goals. You see when I graduated from Acadia University where I had spent countless hours researching the practice of Coaching, I was planning on implementing this knowledge in a Life Coaching practice; but a few life experiences discouraged the fruition of this for a season. Nevertheless, it’s now been brought back around and this time I feel ready.
In my slow downed season, I have enrolled in an online program to finally get my certification for coaching.
One of the biggest life lessons I've learned so far is that there is a season for everything- some seasons we sow seeds as we work towards what the future holds and other seasons we are able to walk out the things we had been preparing for and start living in them.
I hope and pray that 2020, though despite its hardships, has been able to reignite an old passion or dream… and maybe give you time to discover a new hobby or skill set. If not, as we are being asked to slow down for a second time in 2020, take time to rediscover passion in your life- you never know what door it may open.
A few fun self-discovery items during a pandemic:
- Take a class online
- Start a new hobby
- Stop by your closest book store (support local) and buy a book on a topic you’ve never read about
- Start an online exercise class
- Get into crafting
- Take a personality test and learn more about why you do the things you do (try www.16personalities.com )
- Teach yourself how to cook a new meal (check out Pinterest, Youtube or buy a cook book)
Let me know in the comments if you've tried anything new!
As always, thanks for spending some of your Monday with me,