Guest post by Karl O’Leary, @KarlOLeary4, High School Principal
The new normal has looked very different for all of us. From work, to family, to personal lifestyles, so much has changed to acclimate to what we need to do for our society. The old manner of taking time to have space, sit down dinners to review your children’s day at school, and the weekend at sporting events looks drastically different. But does it have to?
Peace and Balance
What does is mean? Peace has been connected to the long-haired hippie days of Woodstock and tie dye colored shirts. This is a misconception of perception. Finding Peace within yourself enables you to:
- Look inwardly and reflect about how you live your life.
- Be true to yourself.
- Maintain a positive mental attitude (PMA).
- Do good toward others.
This can be in mediation, or reflection, or journaling. Taking the time to look in the mirror to assess yourself and what you do can provide opportunities to reconnect with your passions. Start with the question: Am I being what I wish to be?
Balance is connected to daily routines and activities. Like any pie chart, listing what activities are done each day provides a visual to understand where time is spent. Finding Balance entails making the necessary goals for living life how you wish.
What is different now is everything! But there are opportunities with how change exists.
- Find time to take the morning walk
- Incorporate routine
- Have fun with family in a different manner
- Leave work for work hours
- Be realistic with expectations
The new Balance does require for some phone calls outside the old hours, but there is also opportunity to not send information late to others. By flipping the conversation, would you wish to have your child’s teacher email you during dinner, or family time? That time can be used for reflection and relaxation. Balance the need to send assignments outside of school hours; the email will still be there in the morning!
The new normal of Peace and Balance are what we make it to be. There are so many great opportunities to connect, at a low or free cost, to try what we have always wanted to. Look inwardly to reassess our daily activities and press the reset for moving forward.
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