This Week's Reflection for Hope and Resilience
This is part of a series of weekly messages of hope and resilience that will be made available through Employee Connections and printed copies for those who do not have easy access to computers. Read last week's reflection here.
This weekend, I happened upon an article in The New York Times titled “Build Mental Endurance Like a Pro.”
In it, author Talya Minsberg shares that some of the best extreme athletes believe: "You are stronger than you think you are, and everyone is able to adapt in ways they didn’t think possible.”
She offers a few of their techniques to help us thrive in this pandemic.
Pace yourself: We are in it for the long run. Good long distance runners know that you can’t start out sprinting too hard and still be able to finish well,
Create mini goals: Shoot for small, achievable steps that can be accomplished in the next 10 seconds.
Create structure: Get up each morning knowing you are going to make something happen.
Focus on something new: Try a new hobby, set a new goal or have a new experience.
Recently, in my reading time, I was encouraged to “learn to appreciate difficult days.” When we reflect back in our lives, we will likely recall other difficult times that we made it through. Perhaps those memories will encourage you that you will also make it through this pandemic.
As I meandered through a cemetery Saturday morning waiting for a funeral to begin, I happened upon a tombstone of a gentleman who was born in 1763! Nearby were handfuls of graves marking the passing of little children and infants. I was struck by how those parents didn’t stop living. They pressed on, despite the difficulties.
Perhaps this pandemic has struck painfully close to home. If so, I am so very sorry. I would tell you to wrestle with God (if necessary), today and in this season, until you discover what you're searching for. It will be worth every effort, I assure you.
I invite you to pause just a moment and borrow one of the techniques mentioned. Give it a try and see what happens. You might just be pleasantly surprised! And, as always, I would invite you to ask God for help!
-Chaplain Scott Jensen, Methodist Fremont Health
We know these are difficult times. If you would like to speak with a chaplain for support, please feel free to reach out.
Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital: Call Operator “0” and ask for the chaplain to be paged.
Methodist Fremont Health: Call Scott Jensen at (402) 290-1408.