“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” Stephen Covey.
Sounds like pretty basic advice for getting thru a pandemic, yet each day I have been holding on to the past, dragging me into a fight I will lose every time. Our past has to inform us when possible, but we have to move forward beyond the comfort zone of “the way things used to be.” We are not going back. None of us.
Last week sucked, right? We all bottomed out, people did irrational things they can’t explain, whether it was my Mom in NYC taking a walk to the park (which requires navigating an elevator used by 180 people) or my friend who was talking to the mailman without wearing a mask (you know mailman are super spreaders, be careful) or how I let my teen son take a hike with 2 friends because they promised to stay 6′ apart and wear masks (is that worth risking my family quarantine safety, we know teens are struggling also). The depression was a real as the frustration, the mistakes of last week do not define us this week. Start Over. Begin Again.
What have we been doing at MPY to support you? We launched a new course “5 Day Fitness Challenge,” it starts today! Araceli and Laura built this Course to get us thru this week and it includes a mix of fitness and yoga classes and meditations to get you stronger and create a positive shift in your life. You may have done some of these classes with us, that will not make them any easier to do! I am encouraging you to do this as a 5x5x5x5 Challenge.
Invite 5 of your family members and friends around the world to join you for free on our website. Torture your Friends! Seriously, save their lives. Take All 5 Days of Classes for free on our website.Buy 5 Gift Certificates to Your favorite restaurants.Buy 5 Gift Certificates to Your favorite shops.I understand we all have fear and concerns right now. Every business and restaurant you know is getting punished by a cash liquidity problem right now. You can help. Some of our neighbors started https://Dine11Marin.org connecting restaurants to healthcare workers and donors to provide meals. Our Chamber created https://SanAnselmoEats.com to keep us up to date with local restaurants and Neve and Hawk created https://SanAnselmoShops.com to keep you up to date as to what is happening with our shops in Town.
I wish I had some easy answers for you, whether that was some b.s positivity, an end date or toilet paper. The reality is this week is very important for all of us and it is going to be difficult. We all need to dig deeper, find our perseverance and practice our patience. Do NOT try and create new permanent routines, this is the time to stay in motion, keep shifting, making improvements and adjusting. Take it one day at a time. You can do this.
What else? We moved the website to an upgraded server and got better at building courses, we are cross training each other this week. We have a team of teachers streaming on Twitch and you can see the schedule below. Our teachers are creating playlists for your workouts and posting them up on our website. We applied for SBA loans and some random grants that every business in the country is applying for. We zoomed into meetings and stared at the refrigerator wishing the inside looked different. We started wearing masks. We can do this.
There is nothing going on right now and everything is happening at once. We will all make mistakes this week and I can almost guarantee every day will be a bad hair day. You have a choice to celebrate your wacky hair, send your positive energy to people who are sick and find little moments in each day to celebrate. We are going to create the new world together, it will take all of our abilities and all of our strengths. Are you in for the 5x5x5x5 Challenge?
Pease, Love, 6′ and a Mask and Gloves,