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Positive thoughts from Lockdown #3




It's going to be an unusual Easter...


But whether you are religious or not, this time of year is a time of rebirth.


๐ŸŒŸ My daughter and I drove to see some tiny lambs gambolling about in a field next to the road near our house.


๐ŸŒŸ The daffodils in our garden have been beautiful - one of my favourite flowers, with their cheery yellow. And although they are now nearly over, the tulips are starting to come out, and our fruit trees are full of blossom.


๐ŸŒŸ And most excitingly, some crow parents are raising baby crows in a hole in the trunk of the ash tree at the end of our garden. We watch them flying in and out delivering food, and fussing attentively around the hole entrance (we haven't seen a chick yet, but fingers crossed...)



So even in the midst of all this, the cycles of nature are continuing - and we can choose to distract ourselves from the bad news with these little signs of hope and positivity.



Wishing you and yours all the very best for this weekend, and going forward ๐Ÿ’–


And here's two of my LinkedIn posts from this week to hopefully inspire and motivate you for the week to come..



1. โœด๏ธ HOW DO YOU STAY INFORMED? โœด๏ธ


[posted on the day Boris Johnson went into hospital]


When Churchill had a stroke in 1953, Downing St kept it secret from everyone, including Ministers, for weeks.


Today we have journalists camped outside St Thomas' with minute-by-minute updates on Boris Johnson.


While I don't suggest hiding things to the extent of 1953, I do find there is a limit to the amount of news I want.


Too much, and I notice my mindset shifts into despair and worry.


But I want to be informed about what is going on, so that I can make the right decisions for me and my family.


So it's important to me to find the right balance between KNOWLEDGE, and KNOWLEDGE-OVERLOAD.


โœ”๏ธŽ That means I check in on the daily briefing.


โœ–๏ธŽ But I don't watch the 10 o'clock news just before bed.



โœ”๏ธŽ I do watch/ read authoritative reports on what it's like on the frontline (I feel I owe it to those working so hard to understand what they are dealing with).


โœ–๏ธŽ But I ignore all social media commentary of dubious origin.


๐ŸŒŸ We have so little control over events, but we CAN control what we put in our heads.


๐ŸŒŸ And that will influence how we feel.


๐ŸŒŸ In these challenging times, looking after our mindsets is a priority.


Wishing Boris a speedy recovery ๐Ÿ’–




2. โœด๏ธ WHAT CAN YOU *NOT* DO? โœด๏ธ


Have you ever grown seedlings?


There comes a time when you have to โ€œthinโ€ them - ie pull up the excess, weaker seedlings to give the remainder room to thrive.


I did this with my tomato plants earlier, and I realised it was parallel to what Iโ€™m currently doing in work and life.


The seedlings I want to thrive now are โ€œfamilyโ€, โ€œhomeschoolingโ€, and โ€œclientsโ€.


Anything else has been uprooted (eg โ€œhouseworkโ€...)


This is one action I can take to manage this situation better.


๐ŸŒŸ I have limited resources (both time and energy), and I want to use them deliberately on the things that really matter to me.


So looking to the Easter break and beyond:


๐ŸŒฑ What are your priority seedlings?


๐ŸŒฑ What can you NOT do, to save your precious resources for them?


My seedlings before and after thinning:



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