Good morning, everybody. It’s Sunday, March 22nd. I am at the track. It has just started to sprinkle, but amazingly I’m staying dry, so it’s sort of nasty out, but here we go.
So, we’re all on quarantine. Hopefully, you’re staying home, staying safe, staying by yourself, with your loved ones, and this is a scary time. There’s no doubt about it. I think things are going to get really rough around here. There were 800 people that died in Italy, on Friday, so I totally get being worried and anxious. And for me, anxiety is a lifelong companion, something that always pops up, in times of stress, as a result of trauma when I was a kid, and it’s easy to give into that fear. It’s easy to give into that anxiety. And as things get worse, it’s going to be even easier.
But we have to look at this, what’s happening, as an invitation, and an opportunity for ourselves. I know that’s hard to believe in. As people start to get really sick, it’s going to be hard to say out loud. But we have to live with this, and we have to live through it, and we have to be present. And I am by no means a font of information, or an expert on mindfulness, but everything that we’ve gone through, every hardship we’ve ever faced, every difficult thing we’ve had to overcome, it’s gotten us ready for this moment, and we need to be centered and present in our heart.
We need to live with the paradox that this is really hard, and I can choose how to live. It’s our choice every day, just like it is on normal days. It’s our choice how to live. What do we focus on? What do we think about? What do we give in to, and what do we fight?
I don’t want to pretend that I have all the answers, but I do know that watching too much news, reading too much Twitter, and just feeding my brain, if you’re inducing material 24/7, is not going to help anybody. And for me, my addiction of choice is food. And me eating, and eating, and eating, is not going to help anybody. It’s not going to help my brain. It’s not going to help my body.
So for today, March 22nd, can we give ourselves the gift of gentleness, and kindness, and love? I can’t tell you how much I’m thinking about all my friends, and how much I love them, how much I love my family, how lucky I am to be here with you, on March 22nd, 2020. It’s just one more day, one more opportunity, to be the best person that we can be.
That’s all I got for you today. Thanks for watching. Hang in there. I’m going to keep chiming in and I love you.