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  • Writer's pictureShannon Wong Lerner, Ph.D.

What I Learned from My Mom & The Famous Last Scene of The Jerk (1979) During COVID-19

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

"Just the ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and the lamp, and that's all I need! And that's ALL I need too! Not one!..I need this!" Steve Martin from The Jerk (1979).

The Wongs have never been known for packing light when going on trips. Even while my mom, dad, and I went on a short walk this morning, I noticed that she was carrying way too much stuff! I have been known to bring either one huge luggage or if I try to downsize, I end up with 5 smaller ones for a 1-2 day trip.

As many of us are confined to working at home, how difficult is it to be surrounded by all of our stuff every day? The TV, internet, books, video games, the refrigerator!!! And the list goes on as to the stuff "we need" as Steve Martin said in the climactic closing scene of The Jerk.

Wong Lerner Coaching's life-work balance coaching helps us become more mindful with breath practice, meditation, and visualization sessions. WLC's life-work coaching teaches us that all we need is our bodies on the mat (or chair), to be present and open, and to breathe. Can it all be that simple? Try it and let me know how it goes this morning.

See my mini-meditation post for #BeTheRipple here, an organization devoted to anti-bullying practices. I speak on how to use breath and listening to bring more kindness to the workplace.

See the brilliant last scene of The Jerk with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters here

If you would like to learn more about life-work balance, feel free to contact me here at OR at my LinkedIn page: Shannon Wong Lerner, Ph.D.

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