“Life is a balance between what we can control and what we cannot. I am learning to live between effort and surrender.”

~ Danielle Orner

It finally hit me. Last week I got taken down by Covid, and while my symptoms were relatively mild (thank you vaccinations), my fatigue was very real, and I wasn’t able to do a whole lot. I fought it at first. The first day I was sick I felt guilty and lazy… (who am I to take time off), so I tried to work… ineffectively I might add.

Turns out most busy people aren’t good at not doing. Then that night I slept for 10 hours, and a light bulb went off. This one was out of my control. My body (and my fuzzy Covid head) needed rest, so work would have to wait. And guess what, the work waited.

My energy is slowly coming back, and with it the desire to get back to work, so here we go.

Where in your world can you give yourself a bit of grace? Whether it’s for a moment, or for a day or two, sometimes you just have to surrender to win.

Watch the video below, or read the transcript that follows.

So, this is me. I spent the last week-and-a-half down for the count with Covid. Yes, it finally hit me.

I’m not sharing this for sympathy or anything like that because I know many of you have gone through it, but I realized that in the 10 days or so that I was not feeling well I had to surrender. I didn’t send a message out last week, I’ve gotten behind in my work, as you can see my desk is an absolute mess, and for me it was a big learning to remember what I have control over.

As the serenity prayer says:

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Last week I had to really just surrender and let myself heal, and let myself sleep, and do all the things that I needed to do to get well. How easy is that for you?

Hey, Michelle Cederberg here, contemplating that as it relates to everything that’s happening on the planet these days: Whether it’s coming out the other side of the pandemic, or addressing how we’re feeling about the situation in the Ukraine, or any of the other challenges that we’re up against these days. It’s an interesting time.

And so I’m sending this message out to remind you to be kind of gentle to yourself as you’re processing it all. Take care of yourself during these strange times. We need to remember to give ourselves grace now and again.

I’m happy to say that I’m feeling much better now, hopefully putting my energy toward productivity at work and all that. I started off by making this message and sending you a reminder that sometimes it’s okay to do less, it’s okay to take a break, … it’s okay to surrender.

Until next time, I’m Michelle Cederberg reminding you we’ve got one chance to do this life. I say Dare to Live It Big, and every now and then dare to surrender when your body and mind need a little break. It’s okay!

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