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The World Was Turned On Its Head

The world was turned on its head.

The people were told to distance themselves, limited to only essential outdoor activities.

The news increased a sense of panic and despair.

The economy plummeted.

Humanity behaved poorly.

At a glance those are my out-takes of the past few weeks. And yet, I implore you to look harder. To increase and strengthen your mind game. To be the kind of person that you want to meet in the future. To show your humanity. To help in any way you can. You can control the kind of person you are and the lens which you are now looking through as the world attempts to redefine itself. Caring goes beyond the walls of a hospital. Caring starts here. It starts now. We may not know the exact outcomes of what lies ahead but I choose HOPE and I choose POSITIVITY and I choose PEOPLE. In fact, every day, since this crisis turned into a global pandemic and shook me awake as to the ‘real’ challenges we faced, I have made it a point to find something positive in every day. This is why: If anger breeds anger and fear breeds fear then why can’t kindness and hope breed?

This certainly shouldn’t imply that I am wearing rose-colored glasses and out of touch with the world around me. I am simply suggesting that we try to find a new path to our measurement of personal pride and value. If the new currency is trust and smiles, it seems that we may have been transported back in time. To a simpler time. To a time when families spent time together, sitting around the table, watching one movie at the same time on TV, walking the dog, preparing meals. Talking.

We all have our own challenges to face in this new world UNorder – there is really no rule book to follow. It’s back to basics. It’s back to being or discovering the best version of yourself and finding ways to make others around you – family and friends – know that you care, with even the simplest of gestures like sending a text or a photo or a joke. This post is not about cooking, it is about creating a recipe for happiness in a time of chaos and measuring how you are making an impact today and can expand that kindness impact to others. There is no doubt in my mind that we are fighting a silent war against ourselves, our former selves, and our perceptions of the world as we used to know it. I am suggesting that we can win the daily battle by keeping a targeted focus on our values, by helping others and behaving kindly. In my opinion, these things are essential to making next week a self-proclaimed success. In my mind, this story’s headlines now have more substance.

The world was turned on its head. AND WE ARE OKAY BECAUSE WE ARE ADAPTING.

The people were told to distance themselves, limited to only essential outdoor activities.
AND WE LISTENED TO SAVE OUR VULNERABLE AND TO DO OUR BEST TO ERADICATE THE VIRUS.

The news increased a sense of panic and despair. BUT WE AS PEOPLE FOUND WAYS TO REMAIN POSITIVE.

The economy plummeted. AND WE FOUND NEW INNOVATIVE WAYS TO CREATE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND RECONNECT WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES.

Humanity behaved poorly. UNTIL IT REALIZED THAT WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AND WE NEED TO BUILD A BRIDGE TO ONE ANOTHER NOT A WALL.