Thursday, April 30

Today, is Thursday, April 30, 2020.  Congratulations to the new graduates of Rush University, the Class of 2020! There is joy, pride and awe all around.

While there is uncertainty around us right now, there is also love and kindness around us, always.

During times of uncertainty, it helps to have some structured routines. We’d like to offer a daily anchoring message for those of you who may find it helpful for you, your coworkers, your loved ones, and/or your community.

Here’s what you can do today, right now, during transitions, after listening to the news or when going to sleep:  

  • Roll your shoulders back, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.
  • Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale.
  • Take a moment to pause and consider the first thing you see.
    1. Take a moment to set your intention for the rest of your day.
    2. Smile and think about someone you love.
    3. Feel that love as you continue on.

Anchor yourself with this daily statement:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can to be helpful. I love myself because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. I am part of the global community and we are all working together to get through this. This is temporary. We can do this. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness out to all people.”

Today’s Inspirations:

A Quote from Jane Goodall:

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

And shared from Dr. Gina Kring:

“Last fall, medical students planted over 300 bulbs at the North Lawndale HealthyHood community garden.   One of the community members has taken it on himself to clean the lot during the pandemic.  Here are the early pics taken on earth day of the daffodils hyacinths and early tulips.”

Yes, we can all make a difference.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP