Let’s flashback one year. It’s mid-October 2019, we have just celebrated Thanksgiving with friends and family and now we are shifting our focus to Halloween, and if we have kids we are finalizing a school appropriate costume. Christmas and all the plans in 2020 are just around the corner. There is so much to look forward to.
Only a few months later we are all impacted by Covid-19. Do you remember what the first few weeks felt like? There was disbelief for many, there was hoarding of toilet paper and Lysol wipes by others and for many others, there was just uncertainty. Very quickly we found ourselves in a lockdown. Who could have imagined? Our kids were home from school, many were working from home and our frontline workers were putting their lives at risk everyday to keep the rest of us safe. We were introduced to several new terms, flatten the curve, social and physical distancing and enough new processes and protocols to make our heads spin.
Life as we knew it had changed.
As the weeks became months, and life seemed to exist more on Zoom and Skype then anywhere else, each of us began to process the change. We got through the initial reaction phase and made the immediate changes to support our safety and now we needed to process, What did this mean for me? What about my kids? How would we stay safe? What about my job? My business? My vacation? What do I need to do to keep my parents safe?
There was truly more change and more to think about then there had ever been, at least in recent history. As we slowly transitioned out of full lockdown and into each recovery stage it was clear that Covid-19 was here to stay, at least for a lot longer than most of us expected.
I want to acknowledge your strength, your resilience, your ability to do hard things, things you couldn’t have imagined at the start of the year.
Knowing that the new normal continues to evolve and that change will continue to be part of our day to day, it’s important to know that while you can’t change the different aspects of the pandemic, you can choose your perspective. You can choose how you see what is around you. You can choose to see opportunity and possibility. Your perspective is just that, it’s yours. Consider, how you see life is how you feel about life, and how you feel about life determines what you will do with your life. You are in control of your perspective.
I invite you to take some time to reflect on the last 7 months. What gifts can you see? What did you have time for that you hadn’t in the past? Did you get to slow down or change some of your day to day activities? Did you learn new technologies or skills in the last 7 months?
I also invite you to look ahead a few months. In Canada that means, start thinking about winter, I know it’s early but stay with me. We are all about to experience our first winter with Covid and while we may not know exactly what it will look like, we definitely know it will be unlike any other winter we have experienced. Ask yourself, what can I plan for now to protect my mental health, how can you stay connected with family and friends? how can you entertain yourself and your family especially if you are not a big fan of cold temperatures or snow? What new activities can you do to replace missed vacations or getaways?
What perspective will you hold over the next few months? The choice is yours.
If you would like to learn about other tools you can use to find possibilities in Covid please join me for a free webinar on Tuesday October 27 @ 7pm. Register here