I woke up at 5:15 this morning and couldn’t fall back asleep. There are a lot of unknowns surrounding this virus and how it is handled. I came to a couple of conclusions.
#1 – I’m really glad that I’m not a state or city leader. The decisions they are having to make, the pressure on them to do the right thing when no one really knows what the right thing is. No thank you!
#2 – I’m going to start learning how to handle this from my dog. Let me explain.
We have a 10 month old German Shepherd. Her name is Cleopatra (Cleo most of the time). Today is my third day working from home with her. I’ve noticed a couple of things she does that I think we can all do during this difficult time.
- Check on your people. She stops what she’s doing and checks in on me about 3 times an hour. Just comes over and gives me some sniffs and kisses and then goes back to what she was doing. I’m not saying to sniff and kiss your friends! Please don’t! That would definitely not be social distancing. But do check in on them. Send a text, Facebook message, call them, Facetime them. Reach out. Check in. Connect as best you can right now.
- Find joy in the simple things. She’s got this toy. It’s not new. I actually hate it because it squeaks and makes me a little crazy. But every time she finds it (wherever she left it last time) she acts like it’s the first time she’s ever seen it. Runs around and shows it off and is happy as can be. Enjoy the little things. Hot coffee in your favorite cup, listening to music your coworkers wouldn’t want to as loud as you want, fuzzy socks, cozy sweatshirts. Smile! Enjoy it!
- Get up. Every morning when the alarm goes off, this dog SHOOTS off of the bed ready to tackle the day. Every single morning. She is so excited to start the day. And the days are all the same for her. She doesn’t care. She’s just excited to get to do it! This is a weird, unknown time we are in right now. But get up. Do what you need to get done. Do what you can get done. Be excited that it’s another new day!
Love your people and check on them, enjoy the simple things right now (while we can before life goes back to crazy busy all the time), and get up.