Storms Come and Go
As sure as the sun is going to rise, storms will definitely come into our lives. Some small, some insignificant, some manageable, and some at catastrophic levels. In life, everything will be put to test including our very own humanity and existence.
“In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity”
They say the most brilliant things, ideas, technologies are created in the most challenging and difficult conditions. The computer came into being during the Second World War. Sir Isaac Newton’s Law was discovered during the Black Death. Apparently, Fender guitars were discovered during the Great Depression, the great depression? Really??? And the great Albert Einstein had many discoveries as a scientist, but he is most known for his Theory of Relativity, which was invented under very difficult conditions, one of them being isolation.
These moments are the moments that should build character, show us who we truly are, and give us clarity as to what we lack and what strengths we hold, deep down inside us. With the right mindset, incredible things come from tough times. Take a moment to reflect on that… This means prioritising your mental wellbeing is essential right now, taking a break from the negativity all around you, and choosing to focus on the positive.
Yes, fear is a reasonable response to what is going on around us, with all the unknowns, the negative press we are being exposed to, but we need to choose to respond differently, because, the funny thing is, the stress associated with fear can actually compromise our immune system and well-being and hence make us more vulnerable to the illness—food for thought. So, let’s choose to respond differently, let’s choose the positive in a sea of negative. Let’s choose to look at this crisis differently.
Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Isolation & Quarantine – How much more difficult can it get?
That answer is completely up to you. While we cannot control what is happening around us, we can control our inner thoughts and mind. Two things to remember in life:
- Take care of your thoughts when you are alone.
- Take care of your words when you are with people.
It’s time to go back to ways that are known to reduce fear and anxiety, ways that get our minds to relax. It’s time to practice relaxation training, mindfulness and meditation, and shifting mindset techniques to open our minds to a whole new world. And when your mind is opened to a whole new world and a side of you, you never knew you possessed, write a book, record a song, launch an idea, create a product, learn a new language or hobby, run-walk-run, catch up with old friends, learn to dream again, practise Growth techniques with your children, the list is endless…
“And the people stayed at home, and read books, and listened, and rested….and learnt new ways of being, and were still, and listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows, and people began to think more differently. And people healed, and in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
How Do We Operate Efficiently In a Crisis
First and foremost, practice gratitude. Choose to remain focussed on what’s good with your world. “Count your blessings, count them one by one.”
We covered Gratitude in our first Lesson Plan under “Silence the Critic”. Check it out here.