Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

—George Herbert

This is a crisis.  This is a time that none of us planned for and that none of us believed would happen.  But it is also a time for reflection.  While things might seem really scary around us, we can use this time, even in small doses to reflect on our dreams.  It is time for us to be intentional.

Many of you are probably hearing that this is a time to do great things, contrasted with this being a time to relax and go easy on yourself.  These conflicting messages might be confusing, but what I have always believed in and talk about in the Optimum Wellness Method is that no matter what it is going on, we should strive for harmony.  If you have ever attended one of my speaking engagements about wellness, you know that I would tell you to throw the idea of balance in the trash.  We will never achieve balance.  But we can achieve harmony.  So what is harmony?  Harmony is when we have congruity or an agreement of the different parts of our identity.  They might not be equal, but they work together.  For example, in pre-COVID times some might spend more time at work than at home.  But if they enjoy work, thrive in their career, and still successfully make time for other aspects of their lives, then they have achieved harmony.

So while many of us remain sheltered at home, make time for harmony.  Make sure to take care of yourself, but also allow this to be a time of deep reflection.  Think about your wildest dreams.  Imagine what you can accomplish now, in the next three months, in the next year, and in the next five years.  Sure, it is easy to wallow and binge Netflix all day.  But too much wallowing will only lead to depression.  Instead, pick yourself up and let your imagination run wild.