It’s undeniable that we are going through times of great uncertainty, just a few weeks ago we were joking about Friday the 13th, we would receive our checks a couple of times a month and perhaps we were making travel plans for Spring Break, Holy Week, Summer, etc.
And suddenly, only a few days after, we are in complete uncertainty. We don’t really know what’s happening, many businesses, especially small ones, are closing, cutting staff, and maybe you’re wondering if you’re going to have a job next month and on top of these questions there’s the stress and even fear about what’s going to happen tomorrow.
Like in any unexpected situation, we go through a moment of shock (we don’t understand what’s happening), after a period of denial ("this is not going to happen to me”) or the opposite, many people panicked and that’s the reason for the incredible lack in the supply of toilet paper (I still don’t have a clue what toilet paper has to do with this disease, but that’s what happened).
After the anger phase (“why do I have to stay at home, why do I have to do what I’m told, where is my freedom”) many people entered, or are still entering, a period of depression, (“I feel trapped, they took away my freedom, this is so unfair, I won’t be able to move forward after this great loss”) and finally we enter the acceptance phase, recognizing that what’s happening is a fact, that things changed overnight, and that it’s within us to make the best of the situation.
If you haven’t gotten to that stage yet, we invite you to get there. It doesn’t do us any good to complain, there are things we cannot control, as Zig Ziglar said, “It’s not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude”, So I want to ask you “how high do you want to climb despite the circumstances?
It’s been proven that times of crisis are when we show what we’re made of, and for the good of humanity it’s beautiful to watch how much support has been shown among many of us. Personally, I’ve had to live through some crisis situations, one of them was the tragic earthquake in Mexico City in 1985, when thousands died and many businesses disappeared, at that time I was working in the construction industry and I saw firsthand how the unity among people enabled us to move forward. After the economic downturn in 2008, I was working in the automotive industry at the time, which was directly affected by it, and again I saw how, when we all united, we were able to overcome that situation, and this one will not be the exception.
It’s true that the lower we fall, the harder it is to recover, but it’s not impossible, it all depends on our attitude. Fear is reactive, but your clear thinking and your capacity to adapt is what is going to help you forge ahead.
Yes, take a breath…in fact, take another one.
Be assured that everything will be all right. This too shall pass and some day you will remember this period of your life and you will be proud of how you persevered.
Making decisions while panicked or impulsive ones don’t lead to success in the long run. Keep following your routine and stay informed, but responsibly, don’t stay glued to the television or social networks, since that will only generate anxiety and panic, which is more contagious than the current virus.
The world has beaten viruses and infections in the past, and we will also beat this one! The elements you should focus on at this time are government regulations, act intelligently, stay in line with social distancing and keep surfaces clean. During this global quarantine, we want to make sure that you use your time at home as a blessing, to enjoy your family and as an excellent chance to make progress on your projects and sharpen the saw.
Remember the many times we’ve asked why goals are not met, and they’ve told us “lack of time”, well, now we have time so go for it.
It’s very important that you concentrate on your mental health. Being at home for several days alters your normal routine and behaviors. Consistency is key. Follow the steps below to help you stay focused!
San Diego Zoo https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
Yellowstone National Park https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
The Louvre https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
The Great Wall of China https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china
Boston Children’s Museum https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour
Free books on Amazon https://eloutput.com/noticias/ofertas/libros-gratis-amazon-marzo-2020/
So remember, it’s not the aptitude but the attitude that defines your altitude.
It’s up to you to make the best of this situation and come out of it on top. We are sure that that’s the way it will be