Small Actions Pave the Quest for Hope

We can't control what happens, but we can control our response.

In the midst of an Apraxia journey, comorbidities, and now the economic and emotional toll of COVID-19-finding a way to respond feels next to impossible when we're overwhelmed and emotionally drained.

We think about this 'response', and we just can't tangibly say what this response is.

Now more than ever, our response to crisis-mode is action.

It's a small action, it's setting up an alarm in the morning and knowing that you cannot hit snooze. It's getting up every day when you just really don't want to.

It's as simple as making your own schedule and sticking to it in this new normal, assuring yourself you will make breakfast and coffee at 8am every day.

On my Apraxia Journey, which has lasted the last twenty years, I learned I can't control everything.  I've had plenty of defeated moments of wondering why I have to deal with this and how on earth am I going to respond, but I discovered on my own journey and life itself-just finding one small action to perform is the strongest response we have.

I can't control the bullies, but I can control how I respond.

I can't control the exams, but I can control how I study.

With age, these issues and responses get more difficult.

I can't control what college I get into, but I can control my application and my decision to attend.

I can't control the date that just insulted my speech, but I can control if I dump my glass of water on him or politely rebut.

We can't control a global pandemic, but we can control how we act.

Finding the strength to act when overwhelmed, no matter how small that action is, speaks volumes.

Some confuse this finding strength to simply act as confidence. But those doing so, don't necessarily feel confident, perhaps simple actions are the scariest thing they've found themselves having to do.

During these times, some are hesitant to even wake up after their alarm clock. What's the point of waking up on time if you're cooped up in the house, or your child doesn't have online school until 11am?

But that millisecond action of turning off your alarm, not hitting snooze, and getting up every day-that my friends is your response and your strongest action.

You're choosing to act, you're choosing to get up every day no matter what. You may be scared, weary, or tired, but you're doing it.

Deep down, you know the only way to find hope is by performing these daily actions no matter how grand or small such actions are.