One of my favorite quotes by Paul Theroux is “I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.” When I shared this with a friend she replied, in a deprecatory tone, “Your friend Paul obviously wrote this before the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Every day I hear from RNs who say “I waited XX years to finally take the CLNC® Certification Program. I should have done it sooner.” Waiting patiently for what we want is not a strategy for achieving it. That’s why I love the quote “Life wasn’t too short: it was too long to waste unduly on non-love, non-laughter and non-decisions.”
Reflecting on the events of 9/11 and the days following the horrific events, there were a fair share of pessimists who thought the world was over. Thank goodness there were more optimists than pessimists and America came out the other side changed in a positive way.
Nothing reduces stress more than a great vacation – at least once you get over the stress of traveling. Getting off the grid is never easy. Traditionally, no matter how busy I am, I make it my goal at least once a year to get far away, into something so different that it forces me out of my regular stress-relief routine into one that entirely disconnects me from my legal nurse consulting business and life’s routine challenges.
Like many of you, my social calendar has slowed down to a crawl as I navigate the new spikes in the COVID-19 pandemic. While that translates to more free time to relax, you might think a cup of healthy green tea first thing in the morning is not that essential, yet for me, it’s more vital than ever.
All of us will come out of the COVID-19 pandemic with beaucoup stories of various and sundry subjects and equally varying quality. Some will be funny, some tragic, some inspirational and some profound. All stories are welcome – after all, variety is the stuff life is made of.