Our world is pretty much turned upside down right now. I don't like change, at least not this kind of crazy change. It's difficult. I bet some things have been difficult for you too.
I was thinking, how many crazy cool opportunities are right in front of me but I am not seeing them. Why? Easy, just like you, I've never been in this situation before and it's easy to be consumed with all that is happening.
The UK going into a total self-imposed quarantine, American cities in lockdown, (mine is) and distressing scenes in Spain and Italy, life feels chaotic. It's a crisis. The economy has ground to a halt.
In my life, these are the worst of times.
And yet there is hope. This is temporary. It will end.
Here are a few things that are helping me to endure and be HOPEFUL:
1. Moments of sincere gratitude.– Do whatever it takes to appreciate life even when it’s not ideal. I recently realized my happiness is not the fulfillment of what I wish for, but an appreciation for what I have. When life gives you every reason to be worried, afraid and negative, think of one good reason to be positive. There’s ALWAYS something to be grateful for.
2. Using your unique ideas, perspectives, and skills to make a difference.– Things are hard and scary right now. If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world, and you must be bold enough to show it and then do it.
I work at Colorado Early Colleges. Our high school and middle schools are shut down, we are doing online e-learning. This has caused a panic for many of our families. Why? Many of our families are on what is called the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. That means free breakfast and lunch. No school means no breakfast and lunch for many of our students. But not just our students, students everywhere! So look what our food service workers at CEC decided to do by using this challenging time to impact lives: They are offering FREE meals for EVERYONE 18 years old and younger! By the way, these are "healthy, scratch-made reheatable meals!
3. The opportunity to grow through change and uncertainty.– This is definitely a time of change and uncertainty. However, it can be a time of personal opportunity. Uncertainty and change is simply the opportunity to begin something new!
Here are some successful people who overcame HUGE obstacles with change and uncertainty:
Bill Gates The richest person in the whole world couldn't make any money at first. Gates' first company, Traf-O-Data (a device which could read traffic tapes and process the data), failed miserably. When Gates and his partner, Paul Allen, tried to sell it, the product wouldn't even work.
Albert Einstein didn't have the best childhood. In fact, many people thought he was just a "dud." He never spoke for the first three years of his life, and throughout elementary school, many of his teachers thought he was lazy and wouldn't make anything of himself.
Jim Carrey revealed to James Lipton on "Inside the Actor's Studio" that when he was 15, he had to drop out of school to support his family. His father was an unemployed musician and as the family went from "lower middle class to poor," they eventually had to start living in a van.
What will you do in this NEW WORLD? There really are opportunities in so many ways. What will you do?