*2020 – Year of the Asterisks

100 years from now 2020 will be remembered as a year with an asterisk by it. Hundreds of iconic events will have an asterisk and a note saying they were not held in 2020. It will be remembered as the year we were reminded our modern, global civilization is not invulnerable to the forces of history or whims of the world in which we live.

May it also be remembered as the year when we “got it.”

May it be the year we got that everyone from the homeless family in the street to richest titan of industry is bound up in a billion connections we can’t even see.

May it be the year that we got that our fates tied up in each other.

May it be the year we understood that there is no escaping our choices. They are everywhere around us.

May it be the year, that understanding that, we chose to make better choices.

May it be the year that investing trillions on things that keep people healthy and their lives better became a wiser investment than things that harm each other.

May it be the year we understood that our priorities had become out of whack and we shifted course towards a world where everyone’s basic needs are accounted for and everyone was granted the freedom, beyond that, to pursue their highest aspirations.

May It be the year we look back upon and say that was the year we learned we had technology in our hands that could change the world for the better in a relative instant.

May it be the year we finally got that our petty differences on this planet are just that – petty.

May it be the year that our thoughts, words, and our actions began lining up to reshape the future of the human race on this planet and beyond.

Finally, may it be the year that each of us recommitted to being the men and women we came here to be.

We’re in the fire now, but quenching rain will come. The sun will again shine on our world and on humanity. May what comes after 2020 be worthy of all the asterisks.

Ray

Mindset Matters in the Face of Pandemic

Even in this moment of legitimate concern, let us remember that our mindsets are more important now than ever. Feeling depressed, a sense of fear, or a sense of loss is normal. We’ve all had our lives turned upside down and it’s just beginning.

However, our minds are powerful allies or adversaries in crisis. Study after study has shown that a healthy outlook boosts immune systems. More than that, though, a healthy mindset prevents our minds from joining in on a negative spiral and keeps us strong in the face of the negative, if necessary, sobriety of the news.

As I’ve been reminded in amazing posts by my friends Dennis Nappi II and Kat Hobson this week, crisis is also possibility and opportunity. The world is going to slow down for many of us in the near future. It’s time to reflect, reassess, and get regrounded. Turn off the noise some. Be thankful for what you have and the people around you.

We’re all in this together….now more than ever.

Let’s stay strong and remember who we are and what we’re capable of.

Just in case no one has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

Affirmations for This Chaotic Moment

Whatever comes your way in life, you are always in control of one thing – your mindset. So control it.

We are living in a challenging moment in our lives and in history. Yet, even in the midst of difficulty, there is opportunity for those who master their thoughts, master their fears, and master the chaos.

These affirmations will help you.

Just in case no one reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray