How to make change while in COVID-19 quarantine

  • [Some brainstormed ideas in April 2020]
  • Have a conversation in which you learn something and teach something
  • Call a relative or acquaintance w/whom you disagree and tell each other stories
  • Write your own stories. Write about what inspires you, about whom you care about, and what they do that makes you smile
  • Gather insights into what works to bring joy. Collect these things in whatever way brings you most pleasure – a list, a pile, an idea box, an Instagram story chain (Rocknebula)
  • Read, watch, listen to other people’s thinking, ideas, creativity (watch Instagram Rocknebula)
  • Notice what is most desirable for you
    • What would it require for anyone who also finds that pleasurable to experience it regularly?
  • Notice what annoys you.
    • What frustrates you, what tightens your jaw?
    • What becomes hot coals in your gut, burning because all they can do is burn
      • Where does their heat energy go?
      • Let it become adrenaline
      • You can choose what to fuel
  • Notice who else benefits from your anger
  • Notice who else benefits from your pleasure
  • Notice what and who you listen to when you have all the free time in the world. What leads you to listen? What keeps you listening?
  • Notice what questions you ask. What leads you to ask them?
  • Notice what you want. Notice what you enjoy. Enjoy what you enjoy.
  • Notice the expectations you have for yourself. Allow yourself the patience to expect in terms of values and fractals. What we value small we value big.
  • You are simultaneously acting out society’s problems and solutions, ways of being that undermine these problems. What we attend to grows.
  • You don’t have to think about whether it is a problem or a solution. Think about what you love, and why. About what brings you pleasure, now, and in a month, and in a year, and what you are grateful to yourself for now, and will be in a year, 5 years.
  • What do you do most effortlessly? (What feels effortless, even when it takes a LOT of effort?)
  • How do you love most effortlessly?
  • These are your gifts. Give them when doing so brings joy.
  • Smile whenever you can. And it’s OK to cry, deeper than you’ve ever cried before. The world is crying, and smiling, with you. Do both and love yourself for it.
  • You are an opportunity

and this

is an evolutionary moment.

Live how you love.

We need you to.

We need you, too.


Published by kris gebhard

Kris (pronouns they/them) is a clinical psychologist, poet, percussionist, and gardener currently residing in Chicago, IL.

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