January 7, 2021

The Greatest Lesson I Learned From COVID-19

Traditionally, I start off every year with ambitious goals. Like most people, I like to challenge myself and prepare for an even bigger year.

However, as fate decided, I had no time to think that far ahead. An uninvited visitor took over my life for the month of December, called COVID-19, which challenged my health, my disposition and my faith. It was the first time in my life that I could not predict what tomorrow would be like nor did I have a remote to change the station.

I remember with deep admiration, legendary basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins, John Wooden’s quote: “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

It occurred to me that I needed to adopt the right mindset to navigate through this unknown terrain. It was in the second week of the illness when I finally started to see the way. Family and neighbors were dropping off wonderful dinners, flowers and gifts at my front door. Word spread quickly, and I began receiving texts, Facetime requests and phone calls from loving friends, clients and old acquaintances, all praying for my speedy recovery.

I’ve always wondered who might come to my funeral. That’s no longer a question I need to ask. The experience of seeing the goodness in people and their generosity of spirit made me feel humbled and fortunate to see how much people care at this very moment!

Yesterday someone asked me about my New Year’s Resolutions. Not missing a beat, I said it was simply one word, but a magical word that I shall cherish every day. It’s GRATITUDE. I hope you join me in adopting this magical word to frame your mindset in 2021 because only with gratitude can we truly experience happiness.

Wishing you an awesome year,

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