In the years and centuries to come, they will speak about this virus. How we individually and collectively dealt with the threat, the fear, the panic, the loss, the adjustment. We are all making history.
In the past week our brain was looking for a pattern match to what is happening currently. It couldn’t find one. Most of us have never experienced anything like this before. So you felt under threat, panic and fear. That is the most normal reaction to a threat to your survival and those you love.
One week on, and we already have established new patterns in our minds. We know the shops will not run out of food. We know we must keep 2 meters of a distance (about six and a half foot for those of you my age – I had to look it up – new learning there). We know we have a government who are working hard to help us. We know we are all in this together. There is connectedness. We know both in business and personally we must adapt, change and grow. We can get through this together. We are creating new ways of coping. We are establishing new patterns in our mind.
You can help by staying calm. You cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time. It is not possible. If you are stressed and wired up, your immune system is compromised. Your job is to STAY CALM, STAY SAFE, STAY CONNECTED. Our brains will do everything they can to keep us alive. Our survival instincts switch on in the most amazing ways.
You can focus on tummy breathing. You can limit your listening to news once a day. You can have your shopping delivered. You can use the phone to stay connected. You can use your laptop for video calls some other type of media to keep in touch with love ones. You can practice social distance (no matter how hard it is approximately 6 and a half foot!). You can use this time to think creatively about how you can change your business model and/or your life.
We have seen so many acts of kindness in the past week. You are more resilient than you think you are. You have an amazing powerful sub conscious mind that can be used to help you right now. I am reminded of that quote “this too shall pass”. Perhaps even reciting that to yourself is setting up a pattern in your mind of focusing on what is positive even in these challenging times.
What have you done in the past week to stay safe? How have you helped others stay safe? How can you ramp that up this week?
We have all experienced our safety and connection being threatened, but, we can stay safe, practice staying safe, we can stay connected and our brain will build new patterns of coping, new strategies to rebuild our business and personal lives in a new way. We can adapt, change and grow.
Hallelujah must have been playing somewhere sweetly and softly as we all heard the news of Leonard Cohen’s death. He was a legend, a poet, a musician, a man that wrote and sang his songs. He was blessed with a gift, not just of music but humility, grace, and a connection with his audience. His performances brought them to his lyrical home, deep within his soul, opening them up to his magical performances. Having seen him in Dublin some years back, he was just wonderful. Again in Lissadell, the poet sang, wearing his trademark hat he wowed his audiences. Lissadell where another famous poet W.B.Yeats had written such famous words. A Canadian now whispered those words to us. He sang with elegance and ease and no ego. Time and time again, he spoke of his band, saying he would be nothing without them. He also spoke about going back on the road after he was left virtually penniless “but this 70 year old man just keeps on going”. The distraction of his financial situation must have had a massive impact on him. There would have also been a massive distraction in relation to the resulting court case against his former manager in relation to fraud. And so he focused. He went back on the road. He did a world tour and he let the light in. The courage to keep going, to start over, to believe he could do it, to do what was right, to stick to what he believed in, to be true to his values, and to be successful was something he did so well. We all benefited.
In times of political uncertainty, we can learn from him. We can all be distracted by fear, but taking a leaf from his music sheets, perhaps we can learn that there is a courage within all of us to find focus from the distraction. Often the distraction can stop us in our tracks, but, if we focus on what we believe, if we teach our children love, each one of us no matter how small or tall we are, if we focus on what’s right, we can find that peace. The peace that comes from focusing on the right things in the right way at the right time.
As Leonard Cohen said “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.
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