In April, we challenged you to stretch your flexibility muscle to meet the challenges presented by this time of uncertainty. We know that growth happens when we stretch beyond our comfort zone, and we applaud everyone who joined us, met discomfort head-on, and achieved your flexibility goals!
For May, we are excited to propose an additional path to growth: we want you to give yourself the “gift of reflection”. Specifically, we want you to collect your lessons learned from surviving a global pandemic.
Research shows that reflection is most powerful during an experience (rather than after it) because our memory filters out important details. Here are some questions to jump-start your reflection process:
- What have you learned about yourself during this time that you like?
- What have you learned about yourself during this time that you don’t like?
- What changes have you made as a result of Covid-19 that you hope to retain?
- What do you want to stop doing as a result of your experiences during COVID-19?
We encourage you to approach reflection using whatever method works for you:
- Write your answers in a journal.
- Respond to this email with your thoughts.
- Talk through the questions with a spouse or good friend.
- Take a walk as you think through your responses.
- Ponder one question each night before bed.
- Start a group text with friends and share your answers.
- Join our Facebook Group where members will be posting their responses to the questions above over the next few weeks!
A Gift to Yourself
If the Covid-19 crisis has a silver lining, it will be in our ability to grow and learn as a result of living through it: in our commitment to sustaining positive changes we’ve implemented over the past six weeks; in our appreciation for parts of our lives that we previously took for granted; and in our recognition of the people and aspects of our lives we value most.
This exercise is a gift to yourself. You deserve it.