On Tuesday morning I showed up a the gym ready to get a good sweat in. The previous four days I had been to workout classes and I was particularly excited to have booked some simple gym time where I could just jump on a stairmaster, turn my music up loud, and jam out while watching some silly reality TV show. However, within seconds of turning on the monitor I saw the words “terrorist attacks” flash across the bottom of the screen.
I spent the next hour glued to a combination of CNN, Good Morning America, and NBC news learning everything I could about the bombs that exploded earlier that morning in the subway and at the airport in Brussels. I took in everything that was shared about the three explosions, the number of wounded, the number of dead, the eyewitness reports, the government officials opinions, all the way down to how it would effect the primary elections that day and what the U.S. presidential hopefuls were saying. I stayed on the stairmaster climbing flight after flight for 45 minutes but my heart was not in the workout, it was 3,600 miles away praying for all of those affected in Belgium.
An hour later when I got to the office the two TV’s in our central meeting space were streaming two of the main news channels on mute throughout the morning with the updates as ISIS claimed responsibility. What crippled me more than the devastating news was the fact that I could nothing to make a difference and that knowledge certainly put a damper on my day. It was not until that evening that I discovered the BossBabebe Instagram account and it really made me think. I usually love girl power quotes and am quick to share a like but I took a look at their posts Tuesday evening with a new perspective. Every day is precious, we need to make sure we take what you we get and hold nothing back. After scrolling through dozens of posts I wanted to share a few that really resonated with me.
These quotes really hit home with me and are proof that in the end it really comes down to me, myself, and I. Proof that it only takes tiny switches to make big things happen and we need to start living in the now. Tuesday brought a big shift in perspective for me. What about you?