Seeing pictures of empty cities, towns and streets is eerie. Famous sites that are normally packed with activity are not currently – and we don’t know when they will be.

The empty shelves in supermarkets and the line ups at the check out are unnerving when we are so used to having plenty and being able to get what we want, when we want it.

It is certainly a time that we could be very scared – and many people are. I read an article yesterday that kept me awake most of the night, and I cried when I tried to tell my kids about what I’d read. I imagine I could read 20 articles just as fearful everyday if I chose to – there are plenty out there.

The reason that I’m writing today is to remind you that although it seems like there is only one thing to focus on, we still have a choice to look for something brighter.

Looking for the positive and focussing on the good ‘side effects’ that we are experiencing currently does not lessen the severity of our situation, instead it gives you a new perspective which is just as real.

Whenever you try to take an optimistic approach, it doesn’t mean that you are ‘fluffing off’ what’s happening. It means that you are taking control of how you feel and taking responsibility for your health and happiness.

One of the main benefits that people are noticing is having time with their families, and being able to rest. In our normal life, we have engineered ourselves to be so busy that taking time for conversation or a family meal is a rare event! How did we even get to that stage and lose sight of something as basic as having time for our family?

Perhaps our current shift is giving us the chance to reassess our life and what we see as important and what we value.

– How will we choose to spend our time differently?

– How will we choose to spend our money differently?

– What will we do to avoid bringing all the stress straight back into our lives?

– Who are the people that you’re pleased to not see everyday? (Perhaps you don’t need to see or talk to them so much when we come out of all of this!)

– What activities are you investing time and money in that you realize you’re just not missing now they’re gone?

You have the unique opportunity to re-write your lifestyle and how to move forward when we all come out of ‘hibernation’.

I encourage you and invite you to use this quiet time to create your future life on purpose and with intention, knowing that fear will always be there if you need to go back to it.

Please remember you have a choice!


Lindsay de Swart
Lindsay de Swart

Lindsay de Swart helps busy, professional mums to rediscover happiness and fun beyond their career and family. She helps them tune into who they used to be before they got so busy and needed that they got lost in it all! Lindsay is a Mum of 3 teenagers, owns 2 dogs, a horse and loves to run, ski, ride and most things outside!

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