The 2020 Word of the Year

I’m declaring “Mindfulness” as my 2020 word of the year.

I know what you’re thinking. The 2020 word of the year should be Pandemic, or Covid-19 or I Hate This (that’s 3 words however).

I’m preferring to take the high road and consider how well we’ve all done during this crisis. We’ve adjusted to a lot of changes over these past 5 months. Working from home, having kids scampering around underfoot, learning new technologies. and helping each other out whether it was sharing Purell or picking up a few items during a grocery run for a neighbor. 

It just seems that for the most part, we’ve been more thoughtful of each other and in taking care of ourselves.

Of course, we’re not always perfect and sometimes need a reminder of the challenges we are facing. Maybe just a little tip can help us ease our way (and the way for others in the world).

This sign posted at the Indiana University Medical Center seems to be a gentle and helpful way to ask people to be considerate of others (and themselves). This idea of being mindful is certainly an important quality to manifest when you are entering a medical center, but no less important than if you are entering your neighborhood grocery store.

 And after all, if we can have TSA checks, and temperature checks, why can’t we have mindfulness checks?

Let’s all take a deep breath, collect our energy, and connect with each other in a supportive and respectful way.

© Richard Citrin 2020

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