Wendy Rush

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SEIFFEN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: The hands of an artisan carve a wooden dowl into a decorative tree at the Richard Glaesser GmbH wooden toy manufactory on November 30, 2009 in Seiffen, Germany. Seiffen, located in eastern Germany close to the Czech border in the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge), has an artisinal wooden toy manufacturing tradition dating back to the 18th century. Today local toy producers, many of them family-run, export their hand-made ornaments, nutcrackers, Christmas pyramids, figurines and other toys worldwide. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

“Growth requires patience, isolation, and sacrifice. You can’t ignore growths calling. She will communicate through you by creating shifts in your life that will leave you with no other option but to adapt.” – Meggan Roaxanne

I love this quote. In the context of the current world, it reminds me that, during this isolation period, we have a choice. We can watch the news and social media and get progressively more anxious and depressed. Or, we can use this time that has been forced upon us, to better ourselves. To become more creative, more self-sufficient, more connected to ourselves and our loved ones.

If you suddenly have a lot more time on your hands, jump into the shoes of your future self. What do you want to look back and say? “I wish I’d spent less time worrying”? Or maybe “Man, if I had used all that time to learn how to cook, I’d be pretty darn good at it by now”? Or do you want to say “It’s pretty cool that I can speak Spanish now because I used all that time to learn”.

What we have now is time….and the internet. Think about that! It’s like we’ve been locked down in a library! We have access to everything we could be possibly want to know how to do. So, what have you always wanted to learn but never had the time? Woodworking? Cooking? Dance? Whatever it is, get on it! Use this time to better yourself, learn a new skill, and make a memory that you can look back on with pride.

“But Wendy, all the stores are closed”. Nope. Online ordering is still open.

“But Wendy, I’ve lost my income and can’t afford to”…Nope. While I sympathize with your situation, there are still things around your house you can learn to do without spending a dime. How much is it to get on YouTube and learn another language? Or a dance? Zero.

And if you are a parent, this goes tenfold. Teach your kids not to panic when the unknown comes their way, but rather to get creative with their time and imaginations. Plug back in to the world around you and find a way to use this time constructively. I KNOW we have all said in our lives “I wish I had more time to…” Well, now we do.

We WILL get through this. Question is: who do you want to be on the other side? Try to see this time of growth as a gift. Or at least as a curve ball that you can catch to unexpectedly win the game. Remember, it is in isolation that the caterpillar gets it wings. See how you can grow during this time. You can do it. I believe in you. 🙂 – Wendy

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“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.” – Wilma Rudolph