Power of Perspective
Uncertainty, fear, isolation, financial insecurity and frustration are the order of the day in these unprecedented times. As the global pandemic continues to spread around us, the tendency to drift into morbid reflection is powerful: will my job survive this crisis; will any of my loved ones become sick; can my marriage withstand another month+ of home confinement with our small children?
But we will get through this. There will be an end. And we can only get there one way; one day at a time. I have no more idea of what tomorrow will bring than the next person, but I do know that today I have a roof over my head, my family and I are healthy, and there is food on our dinner table. For today I can choose to reach out to a friend that I have been meaning to call but haven’t. For today I get to spend extra time with my children who are growing up way too fast. For today I have the opportunity to tell those closest to me how much I love and appreciate them. Just for today I have the power to take actions to make the best of what I have rather than think about what I am being denied.
Although it may seem like a long journey to the other side, it is worth noting that the word “journey” comes to us from the Old French word journée, meaning one day’s work or travel. May your journey, and the next one and the one after that, be joyful. I look forward to shaking your hand, germs and all, on the other side.