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Focus on the Beauty In and Around You

In This Issue... 
  • Serenity Now! - The Serenity Prayer Has Never Been So Important
  • Strategies to Connect to Joy and Purpose During These Difficult Times
  • New Associate - Dr. Sanjiv Chopra

Dear Friends of Allison Rimm and Associates,

If you are like most of the people I've spoken to recently, you are likely saying to yourselves and others, "I'm had enough!" or "I'm so over this!" As the days get shorter and colder, we are facing numerous and enormous difficulties - most well beyond our control. Among others, these include a pandemic with no end in sight, social unrest, epic wildfires, and perhaps the most contentious political environment in history. It is unsurprising that many of us are feeling the emotional toll of these difficult times. Never has the Serenity Prayer been more critically relevant. "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference."
 
In order to feel as positive and productive as possible, it is so important to focus your time and attention on those things you can enjoy or positively impact. 

First, you experience what you think about, so remember to find the beauty that surrounds you. While you might worry that climate change is causing the foliage to change earlier this year, that doesn't make the trees any less beautiful. Remember to SEE and enjoy them. If you are so moved, find some meaningful ways to improve the environment. Second, focusing on what you can't change brings down your mood and prevents you from making your best impact and feeling the satisfaction that goes with that.

Read on for more ideas on how to feel and do your best - today.

Strategies to Connect to Joy and Purpose During These Difficult Times

For many people, this endless global pandemic - together with current social & political unrest, climate change, and wildfires - presents the most difficult time we’ve ever encountered. We often say one should never waste a good crisis. Our struggles present an opportunity, and often a need, to recalibrate to find joy and meaning in our lives.
 
We can look inward during this period to work on healing ourselves. We can’t wait for life to return to normal. Things will never be the same, but we can focus on making them better. This is the time to examine what is most important to us and to take steps in the right direction. As Vivian Greene said, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain”.

So what makes you want to dance?

Read my latest blog here

Welcome My Newest Associate

I am delighted to welcome Sanjiv Chopra, MD, MACP to our team of associates. Dr. Chopra is a Professor of Medicine and the former Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical Education (CME) at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as a Marshall Wolf Master Clinician Educator in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and co – directs the CME division in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Chopra is the co-author of today's feature article.  

Read More about him.

My Article Included in HBR's Guide to Managing Strategic Initiatives

My popular Harvard Business Review article,  How to Keep Support for Your Project from Evaporating, is now featured as a chapter in their new book, HBR's Guide to Managing Strategic Initiatives. 

Timeless Wisdom

Quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg on How She Hopes to Be Remembered  


"Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has."
We cannot control everything that is happening in our environment. But we CAN control how we respond to events around us. Take this time to look inside and determine what is most important to you. Focus your energy, talents and attention on making your situation the best it can be and accepting what you cannot change with peace and serenity. 

With Gratitude and Best Wishes,

Allison
 
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