As I wrap up another week of business in the midst of the crisis our world faces, I've had multiple conversations around a question many people are asking.
Is it okay to focus on business right now?
People are sick and dying. Our health care system is facing frightening limitations. Folks are out of work, worried about paying their bills, scared of losing everything.
How in the middle of all this, do I sit down and focus on my business?
For me, for today – it's not just possible, it's joyful.
I started by asking myself if I'm doing what I can to be of service to the situation.
I'm not a doctor, nurse, first responder, scientist – or any other important person out there on the front lines. So trying to do something directly related to the crisis is off the table.
What CAN I do?
What, based on my personal values, is most important to me? (I made a list.)
- Have I prayed?
- Have I met needs to the best of my ability for the people in my home?
- Have I reached out to connect with someone virtually, with love and the gift of time?
- Have I given where I can?
- Have I taken care of myself physically?
- Have I taken care of myself mentally, emotionally, & spiritually?
(Listen to to the podcast to hear more about why I chose these questions and how I answer them.)
If I can check these items off, the answer to the question is simple: YES.
It's just OKAY to focus on my business, it's important!
For as long as I can, I choose to do it Joyfully!
I'm not out of touch of insensitive to what others are dealing with. I'm focused on creating what I want to see in the world and helping others do the same IS my purpose.
There may come a day when someone close to me is sick and my priorities will change. Until then, I choose to make the most of the time I have.
Don't let anyone make you feel awkward for focusing on your business. Don't feel like you have to be suffering because others are. Nobody sick wants you to feel terrible about it, I promise you.
In The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, he talks about how indulging in chronic worrying is a way to self sabotage. It is so easy to slip into worry and stay there. I AM worried about the world and all the people I love. I don't choose to indulge in that worry til I've spiraled into a total funk.
I focus on what I can do instead!