Utilizing Quarantine For Self-Discovery

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Shorter Version

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I recently received a short poem from Anna Schaefer, a mid 20’s woman whom I worked with and coached. The poem is about the challenges of loneliness during Covid-19. It’s also about how this time can be used in a positive way for self-discovery.   

It touched my heart and soul. I invite you to take just a minute or two to read it and spend some time reflecting on it. Maybe try reading it a few times over the next week or putting it in a place where it will serve as a reminder.  

This time is incredibly unique.

For me personally, there have been many ups and downs. The “busyness” (or lack of) of this time can be daunting for anyone. It’s in the quiet times that maybe we can regroup and begin to take steps forward toward where we want and need to go. As with most things, attitude – the choice of how you handle life’s twists and turns – will win the day for you.

Hang in there. As we have talked in other posts, it’s about the journey. You can do this.

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Longer Version

Est. Reading Time: 2 Minutes

Here is the poem:

Let’s work through this journey of self-discovery

Perhaps your life before Covid-19 was super busy. Life can be that way. Family, friends, faith, significant others, career, fun, social media…the list goes on and on. 

Covid-19 came and things slowed down and/or changed abruptly. And maybe you started thinking about things that normally there was no time for.

  • What’s important to me?
  • What should I do with my time alone?
  • How do I adjust to working from home?
  • Which friends do I interact with and how do I interact with them?
  • What does my world look like going forward?
  • How can I best move forward?

Anna’s poem can really speak to these times and challenges.

Slow things down.

Invest in yourself and your self-discovery. Find your happy place. Take some time to read and ponder. Perhaps use meditation, prayer, or just a quiet time in the park to think about your journey.

Sometimes your direction will be clear. Most often for me, the next steps come in whispers to your mind, heart, and soul. Maybe, you’ll find the same.

Muster up some energy and courage. Then, determine just a couple of proactive next steps you can take. Try them, see what you learn, and adjust as you get smarter keeping your eye on your north star. 

Be not afraid. Make it your journey. You can do this.

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Re-read and reflect

Re-read Anna’s poem several times over the next week or so. Take some time to reflect on it.  You’ll see so much more when you slow things down. Decide on just 1 or 2 things you can do to move forward in a positive way.


Take your first step toward self-discovery

Dig deep to find your energy and courage. Take the steps you decided. Small steps are perfectly fine. If you take them and learn something new, feel free to adjust.  Use these steps to begin to do things just a little bit differently. Make it your life’s journey.

About the Author

Tim Rolfes

Tim Rolfes

Senior Program Manager

Tim is a Senior Program Manager at the Christ Hospital Health Network, where he recently led their team to open a Joint & Spine Center. From start-ups to mature businesses, local to global, Cincinnati to Hong Kong, he’s seen it all. As a business driver, community leader, and personal coach, he specializes in helping people and organizations find and maximize their talents and opportunities.
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