The words “change" and "end" are now synonymous with the Coronavirus.
•The way we greet each other has changed and hugs have ended.
•Political campaigns have ended.
•The way we wash our hands has changed. Hand sanitizer sales have risen 73 percent, thermometers 47 percent and disinfectants 32 percent.
•Public gatherings have ended.
•International travel has ended.
•Schools and businesses have been closed.
And while many of these will inevitably return, they may be very different.
However, this is not the first time calamities have happened in the world: world wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, viruses, famines and disease.
And all of us will end up in the same place. To quote Winston Churchill from the movie Darkest Hour, “To every man upon this earth death cometh soon or late.”
So for now, the only certainty we have is that things are going to be very uncertain for a while.
And with day-to-day life at a stand-still, anxieties have been heightened, according to Dr. Anne Maria Albano, a professor of medical psychology at Columbia University. “We can either utilize that anxiety in a productive way, or let it spiral.”
IT IS OUR CHOICE!
So here is a suggestion for you, dear reader.
Rather than viewing this as an ending, VIEW IT AS A NEW BEGINNING.
Let me explain by asking you a question. (And I have shared this before, but I need to tell it to myself many times to make it stick.)
When did you old life end? Answer: one second ago.
So when did your new life begin? Answer: one second ago.
Now do the math:
•60 seconds per minute
•60 minutes per hour
•24 hours per day
•86,400 seconds per day.
In other words, for every day we have been given, we have also been given 86,400 new opportunities for a new life, every single day.
ALL WE MUST DO IS CHOOSE TO TAKE THEM.
And we have been equipped with a brain to not only do so, but to flourish in this time of hardship.
Here are three capabilities our brains have for these challenging times. (I am repeating these from an article I wrote four weeks ago.)
Capability number one: We can change what we are thinking.
William James, the Father of Psychology knew this. My favorite quote is “If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”
And psychology has discovered we can!
Capability number two: Our brains believe what we tell them.
Our brains believe whatever we tell them! So when we say, “This is going to be really hard and insurmountable and awful!” our brains say, “Ok!” and endeavor to convince us that what we are saying is true.
Or….when we say, “This is bringing us together, and cleaning our air, and cleaning our waters, and slowing us down, and making us take time for our families and smell the roses.” Our brains say, “Ok” and then actually look for ways we CAN smell the roses!
Capability number three: Our feelings are primarily coming from our beliefs.
Our feelings, my dear friend, are not coming from Covid-19; they are coming from what we are believing about Covid-19. More specifically, our feelings are coming from what we are saying to ourselves about Covid-19.
BUT WE CAN REPLACE THOSE BELIEFS!
Yes, Covid-19 is something that mankind has never faced before. But things are coming out of the Coronavirus which the world has never seen before.
We…nations and people…are setting aside our differences to find ways TO HELP EACH OTHER.
We can also choose to help ourselves during this time of isolation.
I have picked up my guitar again and have become the cook of the house. The Internet and YouTube have endless recipes from every part of the world.
And Mary sews masks. The possibilities are endless.
Steven Campbell is the author of “Making Your Mind Magnificent.” His seminar “Taming Your Mind, Unleashing Your Life” is now available on line at stevenrcampbell.teachable.com. For more information, call Steven Campbell at 707-480-5507.