At the beginning of this year, I committed to making 12 resolutions – one per month.
Then Coronavirus struck. I actually managed to keep up my monthly goals but suddenly, it seemed more important to replace a regular list of ‘things to do’ with ‘things that were getting me through’ a global pandemic.
One of my pandemic survival ‘go to’ tools has been carving out a new routine. Part of my new daily routine includes an evening tradition of banging pots with my neighbours.
There’s a regular gang of us who step out every night for two minutes at 7:30 pm to bang pots, pans, drums and whatever other loud utensils we can get our hands on. You would think that, after all these weeks we would be able to take our show on the road. No, we are NOT perfect (in fact, some nights we are probably ear- shatteringly awful) but, like many other neighbourhoods across the globe, it is our small token of appreciation for all the front-line workers who are doing their best to keep us safe from Covid19.
I have to admit that there have been times, as I was banging my pot, I was thinking, “What does it really matter? We’re not close enough to a hospital for staff or patients to actually hear us.”
However, I suddenly just found out last night that a nurse, a couple of doctors and a former medical scientist live on my street. By now you’re thinking, “Wow, Jude -way to really get to know your neighbours! Way to socialize!”
Or maybe you’re thinking, “Who the hell let you onto that street??”
Look, I probably still don’t know most of my neighbours’ names (but if they have a cat or a dog, I probably know THEIR names).
The point is, we are all in this together. We all contribute something. Big or small.
Thank you to the front-line workers and all of the workers on all of our streets for keeping us safe.
As comedian Chris Rock says, “When you’re in a band, you have roles that you play in the band. Sometimes, you sing lead. And sometimes, you’re on tambourine. And if you’re on tambourine, play it right. Play it with a fuckin’ smile, because no one wants to see a mad tambourine player.”
I’m going to start playing my Teflon fry pan with a great big smile.
So how are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Already hating yourself for giving up Jan 2nd?
Did you know that, according to statistics, most people throw in the towel to becoming a better and brighter person by Jan 12th? Ouch.
So how can we make those resolutions stick in 2020? I recently read an article that suggested splitting up your resolutions into 12 monthly goals.
For January I set a goal of sacrificing my CNN screen time and committing to watch more documentaries. Yes, I would have to put away my Jay Tapper T-shirt and Don Lemon coffee mug for 31 days.
The results were immediate. I felt happier, more uplifted and confident that the world was not going to blow up – at least not this week.
There are SO many people trying to do good things out there.
Next time you’re on Netflix, check out the following docs…
The Game Changers
Whether you are an environmentalist, an extreme athlete, recovering from or prone to heart attack – this really is a film to watch.
One of my favorite quotes from The Game Changers:
“Someone asked me, ‘ How could you get as strong as an ox without eating any meat? My answer was, ‘ Have you ever seen an ox eating meat?’ ”
~ Patrick Baboumian/ World record holding strongman
Inside Bill’s Brain
Great doc on how Bill and Melinda Gates are trying to change the world for the better.
Fun fact… Did you know that Bill Gates is Warren Buffet’s bridge partner? Okay, not necessarily a FUN fact but interesting nonetheless. By the way, Warren needs to stop putting so much salt on his hamburgers. We need the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ to stick around as long as possible. Warren – check out The Game Changers.
On Yoga: The Architecture to Peace
Celebrity photographer Michael O’Neill travels the world to photograph some of the world’s top yogis and gurus in some of the craziest positions and with the most breathtaking landscapes.
Yes, the documentary inspired me to stretch but perhaps more importantly, you can see the impact of yoga and meditation on creating a happier and more peaceful planet.
On that note, so far so good for January.
I’ll let you know if my next resolution (getting healthier) survives until the end of February.
Every year, I love to blow the dust off of this list. Resolutions. So much HOPE on January 1st of the new year.
Let’s see how long we last shall we?? It will be my hope to add a little bit of sunshine and lollipops to your world every month with some infotainment, motivation, gossip and stock tips. Okay, maybe not so much with the stock tips though I hear APPL is still a GREAT buy right now 🙂
Courtesy of Natasha Dern (Huffington Post). It’s pretty cool.
- Know that you have a mission.
- Gain perspective.
- Embrace challenges.
- Surround yourself with people who are on the same page.
- Seek out mentors who can inspire your path.
- Define your personal and professional boundaries.
- Clarify what your skills are worth.
- Reinvent yourself.
- Think of yourself as a corporation.
- Learn to act instead of react.
- Take advice only from people who’ve been in your shoes.
- Eliminate distractions.
- Grow your focus.
- Watch your thoughts. They play a role in your reality.
- Pay attention to details.
- Learn to listen more.
- Look beyond appearances.
- Practice more gratitude.
- Increase your stamina.
- Meditate. If you don’t, learn.
- Know your priorities.
- Write out your goals in full. Be specific.
- Under-promise and over-deliver.
- Keep your word.
- Maintain integrity.
- Take a leap of faith.
- If you have a dream, go for it.
- Keep your plans to yourself.
- Speak less and do more.
- Don’t settle.
- Take time to smell the roses.
- Go to sleep early.
- Make that phone call.
- Need help? Ask.
- Make your own opportunities.
- Refine your mannerisms.
- Be mindful of what you accept into your mind.
- Read more.
- Think savvy but be humble.
- Accept your present situation as is. It won’t last forever.
- Flow instead of resist.
- Have faith.
- Be a leader.
- Remember that money is not everything, but satisfaction is.
- Be authentic.
- Expect more from yourself.
- Remember that you are the creator of your destiny.
- Apply more passion to everything that you do.
- Define your vision.
- Remember that patience is a virtue.
- Breathe when in doubt.
- Remember that perseverance is king.
- Stay motivated and pass it on.
- Speak with more clarity.
- Declutter your environment.
- Make time to be with family.
- Remember that every setback is a set-up.
- Be more creative.
- Think outside the box.
- Don’t follow the herd.
- Carve out your own niche.
- Be bold. Be brave.
- Trust your instincts.
- Know your worth.
- Ignore your haters.
- Don’t brag. Let your efforts speak for themselves.
- Remember that timing is everything. Don’t give up.
- Use more logic than emotion.
- Cultivate discipline.
- Know your values.
- Beware of temptation. It comes in many forms.
- Think twice before you act.
- Know your weaknesses.
- Acknowledge the one/ones who gave you an opportunity.
- Say “thank you” to everything — the good, the bad and the ugly.
- Be the kind of person you’d want to meet.
- Say no to distractions.
- Follow your bliss.
- Remember that clarity precedes manifestation.
- Remember that your life matters, and you matter.
- Remember that failure is not a option.
- Surround yourself with people who know more than you.
- Eliminate jealousy.
- Eliminate competition from your mind.
- Do not compare yourself with others. It will cost you.
- Eliminate shortsightedness.
- Practice long-term thinking.
- Build credibility.
- Remember that greed is not an ally.
- Build your life on your terms.
- Take care of yourself.
- Know your opponents.
- Know your limits.
- Preparation invites opportunity.
- Take responsibility. Refuse to cast blame.
- When in doubt, walk away.
- Ask for what you want.
- Remember that love knows where to find you.
- Remember that determination unlocks the door to your potential.