Life After COVID-19
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By Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
Today I want to share this beautiful thought from a friend about life after COVID-19:
“Each summer, the men in my family enjoy spending a week backpacking together.
Occasionally, they find items in the mountains that previous hikers have left behind — dishes, tools, heavy pans, large items that some hiker got tired of lugging around.
The trick with backpacking is to bring enough food and gear for survival, without making your pack heavier than it needs to be.
Even a few extra items can turn a difficult hike into a miserable ordeal.
Over the years, I have accumulated some extra items in my pack — activities, habits, commitments, stresses.
Many of these things were added with the intention of improving life, but I often feel like the exhausted hiker who is struggling to carry it all up the mountain.
Last month, my agenda went from very full to mostly empty.
With each canceled commitment, I felt a weight lift from my shoulders.
The pandemic brings its own set of difficulties, but it has been a relief to be freed from the busyness for a while.”
The challenge is to always learn from where we are.
I’m asking myself, “When “normal life” starts up again, which things will I resume, and which ones will I leave behind for good?“
I challenge you to do the same!
Life After COVID-19
I think this challenge is essential for all of us to come out of this pandemic much better than we entered it!
No one knows what life after COVID-19 will be like, but you can control what YOUR life after COVID-19 will be like!
I want to share a few ideas and resources you can use in this time of self-reflection to discover your why, priorities, vision and, goals.
Find Your WHY
One of the leading thinkers in this sphere and a person that has contributed greatly to helping people find their why is Simon Sinek.
He has written a couple of books on this topic and created tons of resources!
His main philosophy is that when a person finds their “why” they bring passion to their life.
They now have a reason for their actions that drives them to succeed and excel.
This brings joy and meaning to life.
Joy and meaning are definitely crucial to my life after COVID-19
If you want to learn more about this concept and how to find your why you can check out this website.
Assessing Your Life
Like I said . . . Right now is a great time to take a step back from all of your activities, stresses, habits, and commitments and decide which of them are really necessary.
But this can be very difficult sometimes.
I occasionally have this idea that if I am not busy all of the time, then I am not working hard or being successful.
I’m sure many of you feel the same way!
I don’t want my life after COVID-19 to be like that!
There are certain things in my life that I know I can remove which will allow me more time to devote to the most important things in my life.
The hard part is deciding what those things are and how to leave them behind.
Then you are faced with the choice of what to fill that new time with.
I am thinking about these same things right now, and I have been doing some research.
Here are three articles that address the questions above! These articles also include more links to other resources if you want to learn more about these ideas.
“How to Remove Activities From Your Life and Increase Productivity”
“How to Assess Your Situation to Improve Your Life”
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I hope you join me in my efforts to make my life more meaningful, joyful, and successful!
I can’t wait to see what your life after COVID-19 looks like!
Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
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