Why COVID-19 Is Not Really a Bad Thing
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While listening to one of my meditation soundtracks the other day, the meditation guide was talking about how “our worlds are as big or as small as we make them.” Though the rest of the meditation was also lovely, that line stuck in my head (I know, not really the point of meditation, but that’s why I keep practicing).
Afterward, I spent the day thinking about my world and how it had seemingly shrunk overnight. One day I was jet-setting across the country, delivering my message of work-life alignment and adding value to my clients and their companies. The next day, my entire focus had reduced down to the country acreage my family owns, my two amazing children, our awesome Great Danes, and my husband.
It was a shockingly stark contrast.
But, as I reflected further, I realized that despite spending the past three weeks sheltering in place, I had spent more time connecting with family and friends all over the world than I had in the past decade. I’d exchanged recipes, ideas, virtual dance-offs, and craft ideas with people in eight different countries and at least 25 different states. Thanks to new apps and technology, we’d shared videos of our homes and environments, bonded over our thoughts and concerns, and laughed so incredibly much.
As my perspective expanded, my world began to feel a little bit bigger again.
With this new mindset shift, I’ve been able to see more clearly. Not only has my global network grown and expanded during coronavirus, but I have also experienced a deeper connection with my own family than I can ever remember.
In just a few short weeks, I’ve seen more empathy and compassion poured out across the world than ever before. I’ve seen more growth and expansion and connection than when I was jumping on planes to speak at conferences all over the place.
I’ve come to realize that my passport, full of stamps from all over the world, never really made my world bigger. In fact, my life was really just one small hotel room after another. I am incredibly grateful that, despite my mileage tracker showing my lowest month ever for miles traveled, my world feels bigger and fuller of positivity than it ever has.
COVID-19 has changed the game in unexpected ways.
And I’m not complaining.
That’s not to say I’m not aware. I’ve kept up with the statistics and have read countless reports. I am concerned about the health of my family and myself. I’m feeling the impact on my income and my business. I am painfully aware of the dangers to those on the front lines who risk their lives so someday soon we can be released from lock-down. I know no matter how long we end up sheltering in place, it will take time for our economy to recover from all of this.
This virus has impacted us all in so many ways. But one thing it has not changed is our ability to choose our own perspective, to choose how big or small our world is, to decide whether we will look for the positive or the negative. If we all believe we will rise above this, we will find a way to thrive. If you believe we can continue to live and love and laugh in the middle of chaos, we will. We can. And today, in my little corner of the world, we are.
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