My word for 2021 is shift. Like everyone I know, I’ve learned a lot, since this time last year. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that change and uncertainty just are. Since I’m not in control of much more than which yoga pants, Zoom-appropriate top, and slippers I’ll wear each day, I needed to figure out how I could deal with all the change and uncertainty. That’s where shifting comes in.
For me, shifts involve acceptance and adjustment. I know I don’t have much control, but I have unlimited choices. I can shift.
Some of my recent shifts have been pretty significant. Some have been tiny. Some haven’t happened, yet. And I’m sure I’ll make a lot of shifts I can’t even imagine.
One of my fairly significant shifts was made a few months ago. I’d hit the wall with ALL-OF-IT. I was sad and felt worry for the first time in my life. I knew I had to do something differently. I had to shift.
As I was eating, dinner in front of my TV, I realized that’s where I’d eaten almost every meal, since the early days of the Stay at Home orders. That was not how I used to eat my meals. I love to cook. I love to eat. And I love to appreciate meals, while I’m enjoying them. That’s where and when that shift happened. I turned off the TV and relocated my meal to one of the indoor places I enjoyed my pre-COVID meals.
Rainbows, butterflies, and unicorns didn’t appear, but my mood and spirit lifted. I felt that shift. I still get discouraged, frustrated, sad, and angry. And I know the restorative power of making a shift in my life.
What/ if any kind of shifts have you made lately?