One Piece at a Time

Michael Thomas Sunnarborg
2 min readSep 29, 2021

“How do we create our ‘new normal’? The same way we put together a puzzle — one piece at a time.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has given each of us the opportunity to create new experiences in so many areas of our lives: work, home, and relationships-and also to re-create many of those aspects into something new.

So, how do we create this “new normal”? The same way we put together a puzzle- one piece at a time.

And considering that most things are moving very slowly right now, it may be our only realistic option.

But that’s okay.

Whereas many facets of our world have yet to re-start, we can begin with ourselves anytime.

But how?

By simply stopping, stepping back, and reconsidering our choices. Even using a simple tool like “Start, Stop, Continue” can help us re-evaluate our choices-another way to give our minds the chance to sort and reconsider our priorities.

Another tool is journaling. Writing down our thoughts and feelings on paper can transform their energy into tangible ideas. And once our ideas are written somewhere, we don’t have to use our valuable energy to remember them.

And, of course, the most powerful way to process choices is to talk them out with a counselor, family member, or trusted friend. The simple act of speaking our thoughts and feelings out loud to another person amplifies the creative process exponentially. Talking also let’s us “hear ourselves” in a way we aren’t able to do alone.

So whatever method you choose, just remember there’s no need to rush. Relax. Take a deep breath. Examine your options. And start choosing deliberately.

It’s time to activate our greatest gift: the power of choice.

What do you choose to do now?

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Unsure about your choices or how to sort through them? Then schedule a free 30-minute chat with me at connect.michaelcreative.com and we’ll start it together. You are not alone.

Originally published at https://michaelcreative.com on September 29, 2021.

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Michael Thomas Sunnarborg

Transformation Coach| Author | Relentless Optimist | HuffPost, Medium, Thrive Global Blogger. Find clarity & balance on your career path. http://bit.ly/2qV87pg