By Ettie Rutherford
Recently, I was speaking to a friend about the many changes that the coronavirus has wrought on our lives. I was amused to hear from him, that there is a shortage of puppies and kittens, because of the increased need for pets, which are needed to enrich people’s lives and minimize the amount of stress during these unusual times.
It left me wondering about those, who cannot afford pets, which are now being sold for hundreds of dollars, because many people have lost their jobs, lost their homes, while others are being evicted from rental apartments or might be struggling with the payment of unpaid bills that keep mounting.
Yet, regardless of personal situations, each person must find balance in order to survive present-day challenges and prepare for the future. While it is not possible for everyone to have grandiose plans to carry on financially or mentally, here are some simple ideas that might be helpful to balance daily living:
· Focus on keeping healthy;
· Reduce spending on non-essentials;
· Set priorities, based on the things that lead to everyday survival;
· Develop a simple plan for daily living;
· Focus on reasonable expectations to fit today’s situation;
· Keep reviewing, consistently, to see if your plan is working; and
· Include all family members in your “balancing” plans.
Remember, there was a man, who grumbled because he had only one leg, until he saw a man with no legs.
Keep it simple and count your blessings.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org