We’ve never been in this situation before.
And, frankly, we never could have imagined something on such a global scale could actually be possible.
As we search for meaning in our current state and wonder about the future, it’s time to find an anchor in ritual.
Harvard Business Review has been sharing some of the most helpful and meaningful content I’ve seen on the COVID-19 situation. In this article, The Restorative Power of Ritual, we learn a bit more about why.
A year ago, several colleagues recommended the book, The Miracle Morning. I recently treated myself to a new Kindle, and as I cleaned up my library, I realized I had purchased this book at some point and didn’t even remember doing so.
Since I’ve been feeling more and more these days that every morning matters, I figured now would be a great time to dig into the content.
I have to tell you, it’s a prescription for happiness.
Hal Elrod explains how six different practices (10 minutes each) can add up to a substantial impact on our lives. One additional hour that we take for ourselves at the start of each day will anchor, clarify, and focus our being on making the most of every other hour we have in our day.
He uses the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. to explain:
S – Silence
A – Affirmations
V – Visualization
E – Exercise
R – Reading
S – Scribing (journaling)
I wouldn’t recommend the book for its writing style, but I would recommend it for its motivational encouragement to pour the first hour of every day into ourselves. Elrod proposes a 30 day challenge. Every day, for 30 days…and watch the magic happen.
As I think of our next 30 days, and how much we each need some certainty and a prescription for resilience, I can’t think of anything better than this 60 minute, daily ritual.
Wanna join me? It’s Day 1 for me today. Let’s enter May 5 stronger, better, and more resilient than we are today.
1 hour, invested consistently, adds up.
Use the comments section to let me know if you’ve decided to join me.