Opportunities in Difficult Times
Posted: August 04, 2020
As the world continues to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are adjusting to a new way to live. There is a “new normal”. Social distancing, limiting group activities, and wearing masks are strictly enforced. We are forced to adjust our lives and perspective.
It’s easy to say the world is going to hell in a handbasket. There are a lot of crazy things going on. Rioting, protests, and overall frustration with what is going on in the world.
And the worst part is, no one knows when it will all end and when things will get back to normal. Some say it will get worse before it gets better. Time will tell…
As Vivian Greene said, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
I believe this has to be our attitude. We can’t control what is going on, however we are in complete control of our attitudes and what we focus on.
Napoleon Hill says, "Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."
Is it possible that there are some benefits of social distancing, the time we spent in quarantine, and disinfecting everything constantly? I think there are some, many in fact!
First of all, we are all forced to spend much more time with our immediate family.
In my case, I found myself spending far more time with my wife and daughter. This led to us riding bikes together, exercising together, doing chores around the house together, playing games, cooking, baking, watching movies and more.
The time together brought us closer and definitely strengthened our relationships. Plus, we adopted a new puppy, Atlanta!
This time in quarantine reminded me of a simpler time in life when people worked less, ate dinner together every night, and had real conversations with each other. There was real connection!
Ah…the good ole days!
Also, we all got introduced to doing far more things virtually. At the dojo, we started offering virtual classes that our students were incredibly grateful for. It kept our dojo family connected and gave us all something positive to focus on.
Also, it opened up the idea of people being able to continue doing their favorite activities while on vacation. This summer, almost all of our students that are on vacation continue to stay active with their martial arts training through Zoom.
This allows them to continue to progress, learn, and gives them another avenue to stay in shape while traveling.
I also think the time in quarantine sparked a lot of creativity. Kids could not have traditional birthday parties, however I was invited to several “drive by birthday parties” where we got to say happy birthday, make signs, use the birthday party noise makers, and drop off presents.
Every great breakthrough in our country came from someone being creative and thinking outside the box. People are exercising their creativity muscles during this pandemic!
I know there are a lot of people struggling in these times. Unemployment rates are through the roof. People’s stress levels, anxiety, and depression are going up every day.
And the overall feeling of uncertainty is difficult for people to live with.
It says in the Bible, “This too shall pass.” We do know for sure that this will too. In the meantime, we can remain frustrated, negative, and angry or we can focus on the many blessings that have come from this time.
And, I believe, there are many. I hope this article got you thinking about some of good things that have come from this fascinating time.
By the way, try changing your “frustration” into “fascination”! Don’t be frustrated about the traffic on your way to the airport, become fascinated by it!
As with everything in life, it’s all about perspective.
Sending positive thoughts and vibes to all of you!