Amid difficult times, your response determines your success
We are facing an unprecedented time around the globe. Even as this pandemic threatens the health, wealth and happiness of those around us, we can still choose our response to the crisis. By no means are we making light of the real suffering that some are experiencing worldwide. Yet, as in any season of life, our response determines our outcome. Here are three very different types of response:
It is natural when we feel that circumstances are out of our control to tighten our grip or fight back in order to regain some sense of power. Yet, when we choose anger and fear, it leads to selfish behaviours such as hoarding toilet paper, food and medicines that we don’t need. This adds to the crisis and harms our well-being.
Have you recently had this experience? As you scroll through social media or watch the news, the pit in your stomach gets worse and worse. There are so many negative stories, fake news and people stuck in that zone of fear. We must stop and take stock of our emotions. Mental health studies show that naming negative emotions is an important step towards moving forward. It helps us to breathe and let go of what we can’t control. Once we increase our awareness, we can make choices about what we consume, from food to information, and stop harmful cycles.
Nothing shifts us from fear to joy like turning our focus to others. As we take stock of our lives, we see how our gifts and skills can be used to help those who are in need. It doesn’t have to be major – the littlest gesture can help. As we shift into service, our lives are filled with purpose and we make the world around us better.