Wesley's Rant: Win the Day!
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
At the end of each year, I take a few days to think about two or three goals that I want to accomplish over the next twelve months.
In the Lentz Family Household, we have five children, and four of those children are in college. Three of those four college students will be graduating in the next few weeks, but their expectations and goals have all changed with the current health pandemic our nation is facing. Six weeks ago, they were looking forward to having a graduation ceremony and entering a job market with a booming economy. Now they will get a piece of paper in the mail instead of a ceremony, and the job market may be the worse it has been since the great depression.
Recently, I pulled out my list of the goals I made for 2020 and did a quick review; I quickly became frustrated. I admit I never imagined that I would go to the grocery store wearing a mask and see many empty shelves and others half-full. Much has changed in the last few weeks, and our government has imposed unimaginable restrictions in this day-in-age, to keep us from escalating the spread of this deadly virus. In my home state of Michigan, several thousand Michigan citizens drove to Lansing to protest some of the rules that have been issued by our governor. Some people in Michigan are hitting their limits with these types of restrictions, and even more so coping when it comes to expectations and the reality of our current environment.
Instead of becoming more frustrated at my unrealistic expectations, I decided to tear up my 2020 list and set a new goal; my new goal is “Win the Day.” Winning the day means knowing what is controllable, working to control those things, and leaving the rest alone. For my family and me, we have decided to “Win the Day” and focus on four things that we can control. Here's what my family and I are continuing to focus on:
Stay Connected. The order from our government to social distance is going to have negative consequences, if we are not intentional about connecting every day. God designed us to be in fellowship. Relationships are one of our most significant sources of happiness. I encourage all of you to take time each day to call, text, send a video, and use the technology we all have at our fingertips to stay connected. As an example, my wife had a zoom meeting last night, with several of her girlfriends celebrating the birthday of one of those friends.
Remain Active. Physical activity is a second source of wellness that sometimes can be overlooked at a time when we instructed to stay at home. I play tennis. I used to do a weekly drill, play matches with friends, and play competitively on my club’s travel team. With the current restrictions, that has all ended because the health club is closed, and the USTA has banned play with groups of people. Most outdoor courts in my area have padlocks on the gates and nets have been removed. In this new normal, as disappointing as it is, I will need to figure out a different solution to fill the void of playing tennis. Being active is not only crucial to our physical health but also our mental health. A new regular physical activity is a must in our new reality.
Move Forward. Research has clearly shown that extended periods of doing nothing are not suitable for us. Advancement, or getting better at something each day or doing meaningful work are crucial to lasting happiness. The way we all work once we are allowed too will all change going forward. Maybe you can work on that foreign language again, commit to reading a new book each week, but commit to accomplishing something each day amid this uncertainty.
Be Mindful. Earlier I mentioned the current experience of going to a grocery store. My wife is trying to teach third-grade children over the internet. Many of you are not allowed to earn a living at this point, and if you are receiving help from the government, if at all, it is just starting to trickle in. Please be aware that every one of your fellow citizens has a current story, and much of that story may not be good at this time. If you are looking for fearmongering and negativity, there is plenty of that to go around. Spread positivity and hope when you can.
I may not know what the future holds for the markets or life in general. In a way, this is always true. Life can change in an instant. I am reminded of a verse found in 2 Timothy 1:7; “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” I am encouraging you all to remain committed to winning the day.
From our entire team at The Wiser Financial Group, stay safe, stay healthy and know we are here for your during these times.
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