April 11th, 2020 11:03 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
During a war, there is normally little that individuals of all
ages and backgrounds can do by themselves to significantly change the outcome
of that war.
have changed dramatically.
strategic frontline for the war against the COVID-19 virus and for the fight to keep people healthy is our homes. We
are all living on this frontline, therefore we can all make a significant
difference in determining how this war plays out and ends.
how the war will be won…first in your home, then around the country, then
globally. By staying home to curb virus spread, you’ll remain healthy and out
of the overburdened healthcare system. Through this civic service, you are
buying time for the hard-working global medical community to save the
infected, discover drugs which
will increase their survival, and create vaccines to protect against the virus
and, therefore, to end this.
6-foot distancing and staying physically separate, especially when combined
with frequent, effective handwashing and—if you must go out—wearing a mask,
reduce the risk of catching the virus through inhaling an infected person’s
air-born respiratory droplets and, if you have the virus or carry it, of
spreading the virus.
home is a house, a high-rise unit, or something in between, home may never have
played a more important role in your life and in society. Staying home is at
the top of the “We must win out over this virus” list, therefore make a
difference and shelter in place.
the same time, reach out online or by phone to help:
those who are isolated, under-housed, or in abusive relationships, or
• those whose work is directed at helping these people as well as recently
laid-off or homeless individuals and families.
many thought they had job security, but it turns out that was false security.
Now you see why. Hopefully, your learning curve will be flattened by support
from your employer, community, the government, and from yourself.
Discovering how to live
comfortably with uncertainty—that’s living with constructive uncertainty—may be
your greatest challenge and, eventually, your most powerful super power:
Start by acknowledging that you’ve always lived with uncertainty, you just
rarely admitted that to yourself.
• Then, invest your energy and creativity in action and learning opportunities
that build your resilience and flexibility on all levels. Apply the resulting
resourcefulness to empower you into creating and moulding the future of your
choice, not settling by default.
• Cope with continued change by repeatedly practicing constructive uncertainty
until it is a new habit. Life may never be the same again, but what if that
becomes a good thing? How can you contribute to a better outcome?
NOW thinking starts NOW
No going back, only forward!
2. Only you stop you!
3. Why not take action while the world is on pause?
your perspective to make a painless, quick transition to NOW Thinking:
no BACK and there’s certainly no NORMAL!
Virus (BV): With all the talk of returning to “normal” or going back to normal
living, few people are willing to acknowledge there is no going back. There
never was a “going back” nor a “normal.” We were just programmed to believe
Virus (AV): Life is like a river. In a river, it’s impossible to step into the
water and then return later and step in exactly the same spot in that river.
The same is true in life. If you revisit a person, place, or memory, you have
changed and so have they or it. The unobservant and distracted don’t see these
differences. They also miss the subtlety of opportunity. Accept the fact that
there is no going back and that we are all moving forward whether we
acknowledge this or not. Then AV, you’ll see previously-missed opportunities.
don’t need enemies or barriers to stop you. We’ve each had a lifetime to become
good at self-sabotage.
Each of us is the real obstacle we face. We limit our own goal achievement and
future. For instance, are you letting fear steer your course now even though
you’re not exactly sure what you’re afraid of and how realistic this is?
Awareness of how you undermine yourself can help you change patterns in the
future. Adopt a positive perspective on every set-back to regain ground and
move forward quickly. To empower yourself, replace fear of what you might lose
with gratitude for what you have and who you share your life with. Are you here
to follow someone else or to be yourself AV?
Did you feel you had not accomplished all you expected to in life and then the
virus hit and now you have been thrown completely off track?
Bad things are happening, but good will come of the world’s unprecedented
banding together to conquer this common invisible enemy. Lean on the positive
side of this global crisis and you may come out in a better place.
Not “never,” but when…
• If you’re bored, it’s because
you’re boring. You’ve not even engaged with yourself. Get
curious. Be interested in more than virus statistics and streaming to “kill
time.” Concentrate on helping, learning, being productive, contributing…and
suddenly you may find fulfilling hours have passed. We’re living in a new
world, so adopt a pioneer’s strength of will and resourcefulness. Eventually,
this purposeful, self-directed approach will become your signature stance on life’s
current and AV challenges.
• The work day still ends when it
ends. Employers who are driving remote-working employees
to labor beyond their regular 8 hours are not improving productivity, making
friends, or building credibility.
employees and entrepreneurs with stay-at-home children work two careers:
Theirs—without many of the conveniences of the normal workplace, and
A new untutored, fill-in education role cobbled from the careers of missing
teachers, principals, lunchroom people, recess monitors...the
children’s entire school education team.
from home” is not merely doing the same job, the same way, at home.
Self-isolation and quarantine have driven more than the employee into the home
full-time. The pressures of sharing limited space with family, roommates,
children, pets, or other generations can create a uber-distracting environment.
independent contractors, and employees benefit from re-thinking how workers are
expected to fit their job into often-complex home life while simultaneously
achieving equivalent, if not higher, rates of productivity. Employers who
pressure, threaten, or stress workers are using old-fashioned BV habits, not
forward-thinking AV leadership.
Restorative sleep is the
vital goal. Resilience is essential for
homefront fighters in the war against COVID-19. That means restorative sleep is
essential for good health, clear decision-making, and sharp thinking. Cut
sugar, caffeine, and drugs to aim for calm and relaxation. Discover how controlled breathing, stretching, yoga,
smiling, laughing, and other proven mind-body practices can manage stress while
refreshing and strengthening. For instance, relaxation is as simple as slowly
inhaling and exhaling through your nose to the slow count of four, each way.
Pay attention to your breathing and quiet your mind.
turn to music. Participate. Don’t just listen. Take up the anti-virus challenge
Jon Bon Jovi has extended. Help him write a song of perseverance based on “if you can’t do what
you want, you do what you can.”
strategic frontline for staying healthy is home. If you go out and catch the
virus, the healthcare system becomes the battleground where you fight for your
healthy to protect yourself and others!
too shall pass.
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