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Unintended Consequences

Saturday, April 04, 2020

As a compensation consultant we were on the lookout for unintended consequences. that usually meant that an incentive plan actually encouraged individual behavior that benefitted the individual with a bigger bonus and hurt the company. Now in our 4th week of staying at home I'm seeing the positive unintended consequences.

Here at Mariner Sands we used to have the "Mariner wave" that was perfunctory to say the least. Now? Everyone we pass on our walks is waving, smiling and asking how you're doing. All making some kind of social connection and practicing distance.

For years I have thought "I should meditate" and never did much about it. Well now my anxiety level can be high because I'm almost 70 (elderly !@#@@*!*) and I had a heart attack. have found meditating to be a real benefit. Listen to things on the Calm app or on Facebook. Hope this is something I continue. emoticon

Stretching is something I do on a daily basis. Yesterday took a yoga class through Silver Sneakers on Facebook. Not that intense but felt like I was part of a community and got my yoga in. emoticon

I have scoliosis and recently (well at the end of the year) went back to a yoga teacher for exercises to help strengthen my back. Wasn't that regular in doing them and now that I have the time I'm doing them on a regular basis. Might not help, but it doesn't hurt.

Reaching out and reconnecting with friends via phone and FaceTime. last night over cocktails at our house (brother and wife sitting more than 10 ft away) we got to see their daughter and her little girl. Cutie pie.

I love my glass of wine at night (who am I kidding? it is glasses!) and know it would be better to limit it to one glass/night or none. My anxiety has a plus side in that having wine upsets my stomach so I've skipped it more often and feel much better. Hmmmm? Lesson learned?

Limiting the wine has also seen my weight go down a tad. Not that I needed that. suspect it isn't just the wine it is walking between 20 - 24,000 steps/day. Fletcher is getting a nice long walk in the morning and after dinner emoticon
I walk on and off all day and find that getting out in the sun and moving improves my mood 100%.

Getting creative in the kitchen. using what we have to come up with dinners that we really enjoy. And healthy too!

Checking Spark every day and reading amazingly uplifting blogs! Our community has always been positive but this is bringing it to a new level.

Every day brings changes and challenges and I'm confident that we'll meet it.

Have any of you had positive unintended consequences? Would love to hear them.
Stay safe, stay strong, stay home.
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    Sounds like you are making the best of things!

    130 days ago
    I am enjoying reading how everyone is spending this unexpected gift of time. I am enjoying social media. It's a little slower with everyone on line.
    130 days ago
    We're not on any kind of lock down over here in Japan but are encouraged to stay home, and the positive consequence for me is that I'm able sometimes to slow down and just play. I spend time in the yard with our fur balls--they love attention! I feel relaxed, sometimes like a child again. Yesterday I played online word games (Word Wipe on Washington Post--so fun and addictive) for a couple of hours and had the best time, though my husband laughed at me for shooing him away when I was obsessively trying to increase my score and get to the next level. Time stood still, and for two solid hours I had no worries.

    It's great that you're staying so active. Wow--20,000 steps?! I'm impressed! And cooking and socializing with Face Time and doing yoga online--you sound very active and happy!
    131 days ago
    All the extra time that I wished for, I now have. Be careful what you wish for, you might get it. emoticon emoticon
    131 days ago
    131 days ago
    You are doing great :)
    132 days ago
    I’m doing cleaning I haven’t had time for, reading lots of Jane Austen variations, cooking more, stretching my tech skills, taking early AM walks, and really enjoying working remotely. The cats love having staff on hand.
    132 days ago
    It's good to find the positive in these trying times.
    132 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    With all this down time, I'm finally reading books that I've had put away for years. Catching up on all the paperwork that needs to be filed or shredded, doing a puzzle. It's of puppies and ducks. Haven't done a physical puzzle in years. Taking naps, when possible. That's something I usually don't do. Now if I snooze a bit in my chair, so be it.

    Keeping more in touch with family and friends. Having time to play more on here.

    Lots of things to be thankful and grateful for.
    132 days ago
    enjoying my time at home hugs good blog
    132 days ago
    DH & I pulled out the Backgammon set yesterday afternoon and played for sometime. It had been so long since we'd played that we had to pull out the rules to reacquaint ourselves with them and how to set up the board. It was a lot of fun!
    132 days ago
    we will all get through this
    132 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    I can walk Benji in my 30 minute lunch when I’m working from home!
    132 days ago
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