The pandemic has given the world time to pause; and to see life in a far larger framework than we have had in a VERY long time. Let’s look at how.
1. We are connecting.
Human beings were created to connect with others. (Cognitive Psychology 101) Through the Internet, we are now connecting with others around the world; within seconds.
2. Learning new skills.
We are taking up new skills. People are learning how to paint with watercolors, write poetry, speak other languages and more. My dear friend down the street is rebuilding a Volkswagen bug and I am working on a two-foot model of the Nautilus from Disney’s 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
3. Appreciating nature.
Mary and I went for a drive along the coast yesterday and every parking lot by the ocean was packed! The trails are filled with people and who are going back to the mountains.
Humans are naturally biophilic (having a natural inclination toward the natural world). So for many of us, the pandemic has unleashed this beautiful facet of the human experience.
4. Appreciating science.
Here are the steps required to create a vaccine in America!
1. Government oversight.
2. Laboratory and Animal Studies - Exploratory, Pre-Clinical Stage, IND Application
3. Clinical Studies with Human Subjects: Phase I, II and II
4. Approval and Licensure
5. Post-licensure monitoring of Vaccines: Phase IV Trials
6. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System of 1990
7. Vaccome Safety Datalink
And yet, vaccines were developed within about one year! Think about that!
For this kind of highly technical work, one year truly is record-speed. During the pandemic, scientists across the world have raced to enhance our understanding of all facets of the virus and the nature of its spread. If ever there were a time to pause and appreciate science, that time is now.
And countries are helping each other!
5. Pandemic pets
Waiting lists are developing for adopting pets. They provide all kinds of positive psychological and health-related benefits. We really are learning to enjoy them more.
5. Developing resourceful solutions.
In nearly every industry across the globe, resourceful solutions to novel problems are being created.
• Educators have figured out how to teach courses around the globe without leaving their homes; for students of all ages.
• People in businesses are figuring out how to hold virtual meetings.
• And while this has all been a hassle, it goes without saying that we are developing skills that will transfer in important ways in a post-pandemic world.
The bottom line
The pandemic has been a worldwide catastrophe, with adverse consequences rippling into every single industry on the planet. In short, the pandemic is, in many respects, a genuine disaster.
But ALL of us were created with amazing resilience, and all of us were created with resources within us we can choose to use.
So as we continue this resilience, let's keep our eyes looking forward, and not forget the silver linings.
Steven Campbell is the author of “Making Your Mind Magnificent.” His seminar “Taming Your Mind, Unleashing Your Life” is now available online at stevenrcampbell.teachable.com. For more information, call Steven Campbell at 707-480-5007.