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Back to Basics

posted Oct 28, 2020, 1:18 PM by Brenda Williams
It isn’t hard to look around right now and see a crazy world. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic that just won’t go away, the trickle-down effect is in full swing. The mask or no mask debate has divided lifelong friends. The variables created in an educational setting have created many situations without win-win solutions. Thrown on top of all of this is as volatile of an election year as we’ve ever seen. As the challenges keep mounting, I urge you to consider taking your life back to the basics.

It wasn’t long ago that life was really lived day to day. It wasn’t about having lots of stuff or getting ahead. It wasn’t about setting goals for this week, this month, the next five years, etc. It wasn’t about planning for life 10-15-30 years down the road. It was about embracing the day, making the most of it, and going to sleep knowing you get to do it all over again the next day.

Don’t get me wrong. Planning for the future, setting goals, and hoping to improve your life is not a bad plan. These hopes are smart, noble, and reasonable things.   In our current situation, however, they can bring extra stress, lots of doubt, and the inability to see these goals in a positive light. According to a CDC study between June 24th and June 30th of this year, in a survey of 5,412 adults in the United States, 40% had experienced a mental or behavioral health condition. These numbers are difficult to process just in the here and now, without worrying about the future.

I encourage you to get back to the basics of your life. I encourage you to appreciate what you have and what you can control without getting caught up in the things you can’t. As a dad and a husband, I have three amazing children and a wife in my home that I’ve grown closer to during this pandemic because, frankly, we have been “stuck” with each other more. I’ve appreciated simple days that don’t involve racing from this kids’ activity to the next and, instead, noticed a falling leaf, a gentle breeze, and a chirping bird. Don’t get me wrong. I love being involved in my children’s activities and watching them; however, I’ve found some beauty in having less of that.

Each and every day we get to make a decision of what our attitude will be and where we will put our energy and effort. I challenge you to make a conscious choice with your day and see what reward you can find by channeling that to the basics of your life.

-- Rich Spiczka, Community Education Director