No one in the world was ready.
Not a single person was perfectly prepared for the tsunami named COVID- 19.
Some early warning was given, some was heeded, some ignored. It was the Lunar New Year after all.
The consequences of so many leadership decisions worldwide in January and February 2020 will be analyzed and scrutinized for years. The unintended consequences will be felt for decades.
The past 100+ days have been a challenge for everyone. The world is united in its suffering and we all are experiencing it our own unique way. Our own personal lens and experience defines how we view and perceive the dreaded coronavirus.
I’ve been hit harder on an emotional level than I thought I would be.
My writing had ceased. My creativity was squashed. The pandemic lockdown rocked my perspective.
I know I am not alone. My problems are not unique. I’m not a snowflake but I do feel more fragile than ever.
I am not alone. This sucks for a lot of people on the planet. But what choice do we have? We survive, we cope, we endure, we adapt. That’s what humans do.
I’m writing again, and you are some of the first people to read my words this year.
I am writing again and it won’t be perfect but it will be real, raw and heartfelt.
The reality is that I feel a rainbow of emotions each day. Some warm, some cold, many are red hot.
I’ve recently resolved to be more positive (it’s also part of a Toastmasters level 3 Pathways project) and I have to confess – it is extremely difficult to be positive in the world today.
I’ve never had to isolate so much and sever my physical connections from my family and friends. It hurts.
But now, as July approaches, I have new resolve and clearer focus!
I endeavor to pay attention to these 4 areas:
I was inspired by a great quote from Ed Latimore which proclaims “Self discipline is freedom”. I like that since the only thing I can control is myself- my own behavior and habits.
And so, I work on myself and my reactions to the external and often negative input and stimulus. I work on my own thoughts and actions and I pay attention to what I consume (digitally, emotionally and physically).
I don’t know what the future holds but at least I am writing again and I hope that this messages reaches a few people around the world and lets them know that they are not alone in their suffering. We are not alone in our difficult challenges.
I may not have been ready for this pandemic but I am certainly adapting and modifying my thoughts and behavior to survive the storm.
In closing, I’m looking over at the wall hanging in my office which says,
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,
It’s learning to dance in the rain”.
– Vivian Green
I’m dancing and I’m writing and I hope that you will join me.