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Focus On The Things You Can Control

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So here we are again. Except it’s January 2021. A new year, where the ‘stuff’ of old gets left behind. Except! We’re in a pandemic, so this one’s coming with us.

If only the virus could have disappeared into thin air at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve 2020! But alas, this is real life and certainly not a Disney movie.

As I type, it’s Tuesday 5th January—the day after PM Boris Johnson announced another lockdown for England.

The message?

“Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”

(A slap on the wrist for you if you said it in his voice.)

Shortly after the first UK lockdown was announced in March 2020, my mind went into overdrive thinking about all the possibilities and outcomes—it was about the same time when household names laughed all the way to the bank. However, this time seems different. Perhaps it’s the fact I’ve spent much my time indoors, so the idea of staying at home and feels like water off a duck’s back.

Perhaps it’s due to the horrendous happenings of 2020 and the reinforcement that life isn’t a dress rehearsal.

I’m generally calm, but keep asking myself if I’m feeling too calm—eerily calm even.

I don’t know. All I know is this time, I’m focusing on the things I can control, and separating opinions from facts. I’ve promised myself to avoid talking too much about the ‘shoulda-woulda-couldas’ of the pandemic—unless it serves a purpose for reflection and growth.

The thing is, facts can be mind-blowing, but if we allow it, opinions can sure whip us up into a frenzy.

Focus on the things we can control rather than on the things we can’t, as doing the latter will inevitably stress us out.

Stay safe—in body and in mind.

Aisha A. Phipps

Musings of Ms. Phipps

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