Even though I am not a huge Star Wars fan (don’t tell my husband), I have always enjoyed the play on words of “May the Fourth be with you”. I find it to be clever and silly and it brings me many smiles.
I think it is completely appropriate that today is also Renewal Day. By sharing the sentiment, (albeit a punny one-see what I did there?) that we wish the “force” to be with you, in a way, we are implying that we wish the other person, to have renewed energy and to be a stronger, more capable human.
From the Star Wars Data Bank, we know that the Force is a mysterious energy field created by life that binds the galaxy together. Harnessing the power of the Force gives the Jedi, the Sith, and others sensitive to this spiritual energy extraordinary abilities, such as levitating objects, tricking minds, and seeing things before they happen.
While I don’t anticipate being able to levitate objects anytime soon, I do have the need to rejuvenate myself and freshen my outlook and mindset. Renewal is a time where we can intentionally rejuvenate our body, mind, and spirit to become synced with the rhythm of the seasons. By definition, renewal is the replacement or repair of something that is worn out, run-down, or broken. As we move through this pandemic, it is easy to become worn out, fearful, uncertain of what’s to come and broken. I have heard from many friends and clients that the days roll into each other and it’s often hard to distinguish a Tuesday from a Friday. It feels like a strange sequel to Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day” movie.
That doesn’t have to be our future though. As spring unfolds, so do our opportunities. We can intentionally choose to act and endure differently from what we are doing currently.
Intentionally creating renewal or regeneration in our life doesn’t solve the problems we continue to face, but it does offer a new approach with revitalized energy to tackle even the hardest of days. Here are five steps to instantly revive your “ground-hog” days.
5 Steps to Rejuvenate Your Life
- Take GREAT care of you. The health of our physical body creates a foundation in which all other systems rely on. Each system, whether it is physiological, spiritual, or philosophical, relies on our well-being in order to function optimally. So move your body, eat for nourishment more, and less for comfort and rest when your body tells you to rest.
- Reach out. Connecting with others is what helps to sustain us as a human race. It is vital to our brains and our hearts. Rejuvenate connections with family and friends and create new ones. Connect with someone on a regular basis that brings you happiness and joy or someone that you have not spoken to in a bit that could remind you of the person you once were and could be again.
- Shed some To-Dos. It’s time to just eliminate some to-dos that are no longer necessary or that no longer serve you. Having high expectations for ourselves can motivate us to strive to be a better person, but it can also drive us to experience frustration, overwhelm, and even shame. There is no need for that! Take a hard look at what is on your to-do list and cross off permanently those tasks that don’t bring you joy or a sense of accomplishment and progress.
- Reassess your goals. Are your goals taking you to where you want to be? If the answer is yes, then perhaps it is time to fine-tune them and breathe new life into your “end-game”. If the answer is no, then drop those goals like a hot potato! It is always a good time to reevaluate the mark you want to leave on this world. Creating achievable goals that match your legacy dreams is the best way to revitalize your life’s purpose. You might even be able to learn to levitate objects! Just kidding, you probably won’t, but if you do – call me, I have to see that!
- PLAY! I don’t care if you are 2 or 102, you have time to be silly, explore, laugh, and create memories! Whatever you decide to do, make sure it brings you joy. That joy is what will make all of the hard work in the previous four steps worth it.
Life is challenging in and of itself. We all have experienced roadblocks that have shifted our life’s course and how we expected our life to unfold. Those challenges, however, do not hold power over the design of our life. We do. We control how we move through each experience; good and bad. Just as some animals shed their skin, we too can molt into a rejuvenated, better version of ourselves by nourishing our body, mind, and spirit. Do you need a little renewal? What are the go-to ways that bring you back to life? I would love to hear them!