We are living under highly unusual circumstances these days. This environment can leave us feeling down and out. It’s easy to begin doubting ourselves and our ability to spring back from adversity. At times, it seems as if we’re being attacked from multiple directions. This siege mentality is normal but we don’t need to let it take over our minds.
Although we might feel weary, we can still do our parts for the benefit of humanity and the Earth. Times like these can reveal parts of our personalities that have remained hidden from view. We have worked hard to get to where we have been. We don’t need to feel like we’re treading water just to keep up with life nowadays.
In so far as people are becoming more community-minded, there are factions of us who are adopting more adversarial, overly competitive lifestyles. This “king of the hill” mindset is counter-productive because, now more than ever before, calm, cooperation is the name of the game of survival. We don’t need to play games in order to prove our worth to others. Us versus them thinking is destructive because that mindset shreds civilization.
This is not to say that we must be passive and let others’ views and wishes rule the day. Now is as good of a time as any to stand up for the welfare of humanity as a whole. Although this approach may seem contentious in the public forum or social media, for positivity to prevail it requires positive support. Positivity is not the default mode of society. We need to realistically keep on keeping on in order to get through life in relatively good shape.
The current health crisis caught most of us by surprise so we felt inadequate and unready for the challenges it has presented. We’ve had to ad-lib solutions and strategies in instances where certain leaders were ill-prepared or not prepared at all to deal with scenarios like the present one. Despite the panic, there have been many whose jobs have always encompassed the unexpected.
Medical professionals are trained to spring into action during emergencies and adverse situations. They are alert and vigilant without feeling paranoid. Now is a good time to adopt some of their thinking and strategy. Even if we don’t have everything perfectly in place, we can make do with what we have and plan for survival in the long run. This will also help us be better prepared for the next emergency.
We can positively plan for worst-case scenarios. The challenges will be met through our creativity and our willingness to keep on keeping on. Although we have been stymied at times, we overcame this by continual improvement and the willingness to see situations from different points of view. Today’s challenges will also take courage and gumption. All things considered, together we will have the determination and strength to follow through.
These times are challenging, but we can learn to keep on searching for the hidden good. We can build on the positives we find.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes actress and entertainer, Teri Garr. “Speed bumps, I was thinking, you know, you’re driving along, everything’s OK, and then there’s a speed bump to go, ‘Slow down.’ Go over it real slowly, and you hit the pedal, and you keep going, and I just thought it was kind of a nice metaphor for life.”