We may be at the very beginning of a story that will span years and that will cause us to re-invent the very core of who we are and how we operate such that a felt sense of normalcy may take some time to recovery. This change was precipitated with a disease, COVID-19, that could have been contained to one region, but wasn’t, and is now a pandemic. Having missed the benchmark of containment, we are currently facing the benchmark of keeping medical staffing and supplies in a position of being able to respond to life-saving needs and of prevent this from becoming an endemic disease, like the flu, that revisits us every year. The reason why we want to prevent this becoming endemic (if we can) is because there is currently no vaccine and it is unknown what the success rate of a vaccine will be, if/when one is achieved. If this information is anxiety provoking then you may want to consider reading my last blog post on “Reclaiming Our Power from a Hockey Stick” for more insights on how to orient to this truth.
The purpose of this and subsequent posts is to offer a series of reflections that are informed by my own experience of living through a world turned upside down that dismantled core identities that I had previously mistook as my defining characteristics. This is a good time to get very clear on who we really are, who we want to become and how we will align our actions and behaviors with our values in order to participate in creating the world that we want to live in. It’s a series on survival and resiliency. Our world may be turning upside down, but we don’t have to agree to turn upside down with it.
Whatever our shared experience, we will all be facing our challenges separately, and our lives and societies will be affected in different ways by this illness. My hope is to help support as many positive outcomes as possible by sharing what has worked for me in surviving adverse circumstances in case this information may be of support and benefit to others.
Stay tuned for a set of rules for surviving forced transitions and turning them into transformations that allow us to regenerate and re-grow. Tomorrow’s offering is called: Opening a can of whoop ass.
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