There’s So Much I Can’t Do! I Can’t Even Go to the Hair Salon

 In Better Life, Focusing on the positive, Negative emotions

Isn’t it fascinating how easy it is to focus on all the things we can no longer do because of the current situation?

  • I can’t get my hair cut at the salon.
  • I can’t go out to eat for Mother’s Day.
  • I can’t invite friends over for dinner and games.
  • I can’t get booked to speak at live conferences or do live workshops at companies.
  • I can’t go shopping with my daughter at a clothing store.
  • I can’t go to the movie theater, a play, a sports game, or a live performance.

There are so many things I can’t do, it feels like I can’t live my life; at least not like I used to. When I focus on all these things, it makes me discouraged and frustrated. It makes me feel helpless and hopeless. But when I purposely shift my thinking, I realize . . .

  • I can still have a family member cut my hair (WHAT??) or I can wear a hat or put it in a ponytail.
  • I can still pick up food at a local restaurant.
  • I can still get the groceries and necessities I need at a store (at least most of what I need).
  • I can still connect with friends by phone, video chat, messaging, email, or maybe even outside from a safe distance.
  • I can still speak at virtual conferences and do virtual workshops for companies.
  • I can still spend time in my yard and garden, mowing, planting, and enjoying the flowers.
  • I can still go for walks and enjoy the sunshine and fresh spring air.
  • I can still watch movies, play games, do crafts, and have fun with my husband and daughter.
  • I can still sort through my closets and cupboards and declutter my home.
  • I can still look for the opportunities, the silver lining, the good things that come from reassessing my life and my priorities.

Now I feel grateful, happier, and hopeful.

Make a list; what are all the things you can still do?

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