I started this post in August 2020 and never got around to completing it. A rainy day at the beach in April 2021 makes it the perfect time to contemplate and write!
Day 6,482 of limiting the number of places we go and staying 6 feet away from family, friends and strangers. There are so many things that were challenging about this phase for extroverts and huggers! Yes, we are in 2021, but I’m LOVING the lessons I learned during this pandemic!
When people show you who they are, believe it (the first time). I know this is an old one, but it never stops proving itself! Do I believe people change? Yes. Will I take you at face value as you are presenting yourself? Yep!
The actual, real life people are more important than running a profitable business (especially in a pandemic). So many times students would come into the studio and just lie on their mats. There were some tears. Some frustrations. And it reminded me of my responsibility as a “space holder” in sharing this yoga practice. Look at the people…love on the people…support the people! And that’s about the time Kara and I changed our mission for the studio - love, serve and support others!
God is faithful…always. Even in a pandemic! There were moments when my business partner wanted to give away EVERYTHING 😂 I remember thinking, how are we going to pay this rent! You know what? We made rent with VERY limited resources all but 1 month!
People make time for what they want to make time for. Myself included. Communicating that I really WANT to support you, or I’m just so busy, or I do X, so I can’t do Y with you right now 😒 I find that generally, people have control over their schedules and make a choice daily what they want to do or see happen in their lives. So if spending time with a friend is a priority, make it happen. Need some self-care? Make it happen. Need 10 minutes to pray or meditate? MAKE.IT.HAPPEN! No excuses!
Time is a blessing. Hard stop.
What did you learn during 2020? More importantly, how have you used those lessons to make 2021 better?!