Dear Friends:

After more than two months of sheltering in place, I would really love to know…

How are you?

Are you feeling hamstrung or set free? Restless or at ease? Are you stressed and worried? Oddly content? Increasingly frustrated? Are you more appreciative? Overwhelmed? Distracted? Are you finding any unexpected benefits to this unprecedented moment?

If you are anything like me, the answer is a resounding ALL OF THE ABOVE.

It has been 10 weeks since Covid-19 was declared a national emergency. In that time, I have experienced huge swells of gratitude and stunning dips of disappointment. I have felt rage and serenity, hope and listlessness. More than once, I have been moved to tears by the simplest of gestures.

I have connected with old friends, marveling at the easy closeness after so much time gone by. I have laughed daily, buoyed by the humor and creativity of others, and found new ways to sustain relationships and routine. I have organized every room in the house, tackled long delayed projects and participated in more Zoom meetings than I ever could have imagined.

I have stumbled into surprising moments of joy.

I have been blown away by my children and their friends, by their school, their teachers and the essential workers all around us–all of whom model kindness, resilience, dedication, courage and sacrifice. I have marveled at the human capacity to adapt.

For a few weeks I was sick. I had aches and pains, chills and chest tightness. It was a stark reminder of the small miracles our bodies truly are, followed by a rapid sorting of everything into two distinct categories:

What Truly Matters and Everything Else.

What truly matters to me?

Health, happiness and well-being. A sense of security. Pursuing meaningful, challenging work. Honoring my priorities and values. Playing with my children, connecting with my friends, helping people feel seen and heard and valued. Love. Dedication. Integrity. Staying informed, continuing to learn and grow. Volunteering in my community, trying to do some good in the world. Pausing to savor the good stuff, deeply breathing my way through the bad. Cherishing simple pleasures—a good morning kiss, a deep belly laugh, a walk with a friend, frolicking in the woods with my dog.

And each of you.

What truly matters to you?

If you have a moment, please drop me a note and let me know. I am around, and I would truly love to hear from you.

As always, should you be interested in learning more about coaching, please do not hesitate to reach out. I love what I do—it is high on that list of what really matters to me—and I am always happy to share this work with as many people as I can.

Sincerely,

Tal