May 11, 2020

Antiquaria Journal Club | Week Twenty-Six

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What's a sundial in the shade?”
-Benjamin Franklin

Hey Journal Gang! How was your Mother’s Day Weekend? Hopefully it was lovely and you were able to connect with your mom and the other special mamas in your lives, one way or another! It’s more difficult - if not impossible - to see our families these days, but that’s just making us all-the-more grateful for the mail service and ways to stay connected through technology. I mean..quarantine, without internet, in 2020? Hard to even imagine! 

How would you fill your time? How would you stay connected? What hobbies would you dive into? What talents or skills would you embrace and develop? What would you change about your daily routine? What would you learn about yourself? What are you good at, what do you love doing? 

Hypotheticals aside, we can still ask ourselves these questions! Something about the upheaval of our settled-into lives has a way of shifting the perspective. Maybe you’ve been working from home, had extra time and an opportunity to dive into a project or engage in a novel and refreshing hobby. Maybe you’re working harder than before, leaning into your strengths and skills, reinforcing your love for what you do, even if it’s difficult right now. Maybe you’re in an in-between phase, re-evaluating and asking yourself ‘what’s next?’ No matter where you find yourself on the spectrum, it’s always a good time to think about what you value, what you excel at and give yourself credit where credit is due. Listening to the inner voice and exploring things that draw you will bring joy and fulfillment.

So what are your strengths? What are you good at and what do you love doing? Do these things align? If not, what actions can you take to align them? This week, take a few minutes each day to do something feel passionate about, and jot it down in your journal. If you aren’t sure what you’re good at, ask your family and friends for their take on it! Sometimes it’s difficult to see ourselves objectively or avoid only focusing on shortfalls, real or perceived. Don’t be shy! Lean into your strengths and take a moment to acknowledge and admire them. You are valuable! 

Keep on keeping on, and Happy Journaling!
The Antiquaria Team 

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