Health & Wellness


Many years ago, I worked for a financially troubled organization that was struggling to survive. Everyone saw the writing on the wall and knew that the business was destined to close. With my confidentiality-based position, I was privy to much of the information, timelines, and employee restructure to come.

Every day I had countless inquiries from staff about these details, which I could not reveal. My standard answer to all queries was the same, “unless someone tells you not to come in, it’s business as usual, ignore the gossip, and just do the job you’re being paid to do. If the pressure is too great, you always have the choice of looking elsewhere, but in the meantime, just focus on your work here.”

We had many staff from the Executive level to mailroom on sick leave, short-term disability, long-term disability, heart attacks, ulcers, and a myriad of other emotional and stress-driven health issues.

The long and short of it, it took this company 2 ½ years to close its doors. For 2 ½ years, staff daily put themselves through mental/emotional anguish about their pending future. When the company finally did close, there were still packages handed out, and 98% moved into comparable or significantly better positions or alternative venues of some kind. We all moved forward in our own way, but we moved forward, nonetheless.

With what we have all experienced over the last two years with COVID-19, there are many parallels to that long and stressful company closure I endured so many years ago. As with COVID, at the end of the day, our lives may be different but often significantly better when we reflect back.

So for this New Year of 2022, do not fret about what tomorrow may bring just as that staff did. Why put yourself through the extra agony of a negative experience twice? Once as the ‘what ifs’ swirl around and the second when that thing *potentially* does come to fruition.  Instead, optimistically plan and plot with excitement and expectations for your best scenario in 2022. Let your imagination run with what you envision for yourself and those connected to you in the coming year.

We cannot control everything around us, but we absolutely can control our mindset and how we choose to deal with those positives and negatives that come our way.

For 2022, please shift your focus away from those daily resolutions, which most of us manage to break within the first 30 days. Instead, please elevate your sights and focus on the broader picture. Take a few minutes before December 31, 2021, and imagine seeing yourself one year ahead to December 31, 2022, and from this perspective list your family, health, finances, career, and relationship achievements and accomplishments you have completed in 2022 – a review for your future self!

This now gives you 365 days to fulfill those dreams. If you should slip a day or two on your diet, your exercise, or your calls it is not a resolution failed because your vision is not just dialed in on the daily to-do’s.

Look at your December 31, 2022, list of dreams/goals on a regular basis and take steps needed to achieve them. When we project forward and have clearly in our minds ‘mission already accomplished,’ it sets the intent for the year. As importantly though, it helps to keep us out of those daily weeds of frustration, worry, and despair.

Dream big for 2022!

Numerologically, it is a number that symbolizes fairness, empathy, family, rebuilding, and rising from the ashes so to speak – that hope is definitely ahead for this coming year, so passionately embrace it.

Usher in 2022 with every ounce of enthusiasm in your mind and in your heart. Do not waste time and energy on what doors may be closing, instead focus on what doors you have set yourself to open over the upcoming 365 days!


Deborah Johnson – Clairvoyant, Medium, Author, Speaker

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