Summer is the perfect time to get together with friends and family. After two years of shutdown and limitations, everyone is ready to get out and have fun reconnecting with others this summer. Covid did more than shut us down. It also divided family and friends who had opposing views about the shutdown and all the rules, which kept us apart. Is there someone in your life that said or did something in the past two years that has you feeling differently about that person? Please remember that some were very frightened, and still are. And that’s OK. Don’t let it affect your relationships. There are so many factors that were involved, and it’s a good time to practice tolerance and recognize that people made decisions based on what they believed was best for themselves and their families at the time. Now is the time to re-examine relationships and circumstances to determine what is no longer serving you and your ability to live your best life and let those things go and make peace a priority.
Something to Think About
We’ve all lived through a crazy, fractured, and scary time over the last couple of years. According to mental health experts around the globe, that has taken quite a toll. It’s more important than ever to prioritize your well-being, your peace, and your joy daily.
Make cultivating peaceful relationships a priority this week. Reach out to those you haven’t seen in a long while and make a plan to reconnect.
Words of Wisdom
Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t. – Steve Maraboli
When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear…. When we release the fearful past and forgive everyone, we will experience total love and oneness with all. – Gerald G. Jampolsky
If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind. – Shannon L. Alder
Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity, and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose upsides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow. – Tony Schwartz
Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. – Ann Landers