Leonard Shostak's blog
As I write what was supposed to be my article for April, I'm thinking that this should have come out three weeks ago and I need to get out of "Covid time." So I decided to look into the origins and history of the month. The English word April is rooted in the Latin aprilis, from the Latin word, aperire, which means to open. April's the month of growing, when trees begin to flower and flowers begin to bloom. Some people say it was also named after the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love, which is great too. Things are opening our hearts and opening our minds.
Recently, I’ve had a lot of time to think about my true passion and what I enjoy doing. Since the beginning of November, I’ve had foot surgery, hip replacement surgery and got accosted in a subway station. Between recovering from all that and the ongoing Covid shutdown, I felt like my mind was in a cloud. When I tried to read, think about, or do anything, I got tired quickly. Everything seemed to operate in slow motion, which gave me time to be introspective and self-reflective and think about life with what appeared to be clarity.
As we start a new year in the Gregorian calendar (hello, 2021), many of us make resolutions and set goals for the upcoming year(s). We do this to help ourselves guide our personal and work lives into the future with some sort of a plan.
After reading the description of a coaching workshop (a Facebook event) I was going to attend, I suddenly I realized that I had not even thought of my goals for 2021; and none of my clients had brought it up.
As we approach the end of the miraculous year of 2020, we've had lots and lots and lots of highs and lots and lots and lots of words. It was a roller coaster for everyone on the planet and me. Yet at the end of the year, we have a lot to be thankful for. I am still here. My friends and family mostly are still here and have survived the pandemic so far. We have some new leadership that appears to be taking us in the right direction and caring about us. We have lots of advances in science and medicine, lots of ways to treat the pandemic virus.