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A Glimmer of Hope

A long long time ago, the glimmerman lit the gas lights in the streets when it got dark. He lit his lights so people could see, so they could find their way through the darkness.

As we potentially move out of lockdown, we have the opportunity to see life from a different perspective. A glimmer of hope as we await the next step for our country.

The past months have asked so much from us. Now we prepare to go back to work

in whatever new form that might be. The sunny days have eased the pain of lockdown.

The sun still shone. The rivers still flowed. The birds still sang, in fact they sang more.

What positive changes, and I mean real, honest changes do you want when you return

to work?

Some people have already decided that working from home suits them. Others just can’t wait to get back to the office. While some want the balance of the two. Business owners are putting strategies in place to help them hold onto their businesses. It’s time to support local, re-build our country, recycle what we can from the past, make it better and use new energies to sustain us. Our mental health and wellbeing should be regarded as the most cherished possession we have. That is what will fuel us. Values from old can be harnessed and reawakened, sharpened and re-used.

As most of us move closer to online working, what positive changes do you want to make?

Setting goals for yourself is really important. Have you decided yet that the stress you used to experience is not worth it? The endless rushing, the “have to” or “musts”. We have a real opportunity here to open our eyes and start afresh. What can you plan to change? How can you adapt, change and grow.

The way forward is baby steps. Step by step along the way making that difference for ourselves and each other. Together we can do this. Your mental health and wellbeing is key to unlocking your coping mechanisms.

There is a glimmer of hope. A light in the darkness. There are new learnings. New beginnings. New chapters in all of our lives. Starting afresh with a new attitude for life. A zest to learn the lessons of 2020 so we can really see with 2020 vision a new Ireland. An Ireland that is kinder to each other. An Ireland that supports the home market. An Ireland that is grateful to be healthy. An attitude in Ireland that is like the glimmerman, a beacon of light in the darkness.

Let’s stay well and stay safe.

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Changing times new learnings

New seeds of thinking

Like a farmer who would prepare his field, we can plant new seeds of thinking and being. We now have a real opportunity to learn and grow.

Business owners are starting to get creative about new ways of doing business. A new kind of leadership is beginning to emerge.

People have begun to say “hello” to one another again. We now really see the value of companionship. “Your health is your wealth” has taken on a whole new meaning. We sense there is a bigger picture here.

We realize how lucky we are, as we see our doctors and nurses, fire brigade, ambulance drivers, carers, chemist workers, cleaners, and supermarket workers, put themselves at risk for us. The parents and guardians who become teachers, thank you each and every one of you.

It’s as if the true human spirit of most people has resurfaced. Kindness is showing it’s face again.

Unknown to you consciously, your nervous system is always scanning the environment to sense danger. Its working in the background. It wants to protect you. It wants to keep you safe. Feeling continually unsafe is dangerous to your wellbeing. Your brain goes into overdrive.

As we face into a further three weeks of lock-down, consider limiting your news intake each day.

Comedy is so important right now. When you laugh you send happy feelings throughout your body. That has to be good for your immune system. And we need to keep our immune system happy and healthy.

My father was a comic genius and he often said to me “we had nothing, so we had to make our own fun”. He was always messing and playing pranks, or telling stories. We need that war like spirit, making fun out of nothing. It’s a survival technique. We have started to act in character at home. We are working on the Russian accent at the moment. My nick-name is Glad-a-mear! It changes your energy when you begin to mimic accents. Rock your house with music and interrupt the negative thinking. Get the good feelings going. Think of how you can help your immune system!

When push comes to shove who is really important in your life? Beyond the money, beyond the job. Who and what is most important? We can learn so many things from this time in history. Beyond the fear, beyond the doubt, beyond the uncertainty. If we are all in this together, let’s organise our thinking in a new way. We can start anew.

Focus on what you can control. When a farmer prepares his field, there is not much to see at first, but then slowly, new shoots begin to grow and get sturdy. We can survive. We can grow. We are a famine nation, it is in our DNA to survive. We will have learned many lessons by the end of this pandemic, and if we continue to honour those lessons and show kindness, take time for each other, and make fun out of nothing, we will have qualified with a distinction in the university of life.

Stay safe and stay well.

Adapt change grow

In the years and centuries to come, they will speak about this virus. How we individually and collectively dealt with the threat, the fear, the panic, the loss, the adjustment. We are all making history.

In the past week our brain was looking for a pattern match to what is happening currently. It couldn’t find one. Most of us have never experienced anything like this before. So you felt under threat, panic and fear. That is the most normal reaction to a threat to your survival and those you love.

One week on, and we already have established new patterns in our minds. We know the shops will not run out of food. We know we must keep 2 meters of a distance (about six and a half foot for those of you my age – I had to look it up – new learning there). We know we have a government who are working hard to help us. We know we are all in this together. There is connectedness. We know both in business and personally we must adapt, change and grow. We can get through this together. We are creating new ways of coping. We are establishing new patterns in our mind.

You can help by staying calm. You cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time. It is not possible. If you are stressed and wired up, your immune system is compromised. Your job is to STAY CALM, STAY SAFE, STAY CONNECTED. Our brains will do everything they can to keep us alive. Our survival instincts switch on in the most amazing ways.

You can focus on tummy breathing. You can limit your listening to news once a day. You can have your shopping delivered. You can use the phone to stay connected. You can use your laptop for video calls some other type of media to keep in touch with love ones. You can practice social distance (no matter how hard it is approximately 6 and a half foot!). You can use this time to think creatively about how you can change your business model and/or your life.

We have seen so many acts of kindness in the past week. You are more resilient than you think you are. You have an amazing powerful sub conscious mind that can be used to help you right now. I am reminded of that quote “this too shall pass”. Perhaps even reciting that to yourself is setting up a pattern in your mind of focusing on what is positive even in these challenging times.

What have you done in the past week to stay safe? How have you helped others stay safe? How can you ramp that up this week?

We have all experienced our safety and connection being threatened, but, we can stay safe, practice staying safe, we can stay connected and our brain will build new patterns of coping, new strategies to rebuild our business and personal lives in a new way. We can adapt, change and grow.


A Glimmer of Hope

A long long time ago, the glimmerman lit the gas lights in the streets when it got dark. He lit his lights so people could …

Changing times new learnings

Comedy is so important right now. When you laugh you send happy feelings throughout your body.That has to be good for your …