Change is the heart beat of our lives. From the economic conjuncture to the changing day and night, life goes in waves, and once we survived a wave such as the Great Pandemic, we can prepare for the next one, and the next one. Not by being afraid, but by being resilient
At the beginning of Corona, I wrote ‘Be Calm. Be Resilient. This too shall pass.’ Covid-19 hasn’t passed yet, but some countries already lived through the worse part of it.
Precisely in these three words lays the secret of surviving a crisis as such.
Be calm to let your emotions get back on their feet; to let the dust of confusion and fear settle down; to gain a clear vision and understanding of what really is going on. Be calm to save energy, strength, and power; which you will need to pass through the actual storm. Be calm to reassure one another, panic does kill.
Moreover, be calm to take deliberate action. Assess the situation, the cause, the real problem, the potential solutions, the first actions to take, the following ones. Assess the information, the facts, the fictions, the gaps in the knowledge, the hypotheses. Assess your own situation, what is the real risk, how can you decrease it; what is the real consequence, how can you prepare for it?
A crisis as Corona confronts us with the one thing most of us fear the most: incertitude. There are more questions than answers, and even the answers are vague. From one moment into another we fall in the big gap of the Big Unknown. Precisely here, we have to remain resilient.
Be resilient. Know what you can and cannot control. Know what you can and cannot change. Know what you can and cannot expect. Take control of that what you can. Change that what you can. Expect the worse, but hope for the best.
Be resilient. If you have taken the preparations you could, no more, no less; then remain calm and resilient. Brace for impact while focusing on living here and now. Focus on breathing when you feel like it’s all lost and you lose control. Bring your mind and body back to the present, know you are prepared the best as you could, which might not be the best preparation of the century, but it is the best you could with the knowledge and means you had at that moment.
Be resilient. Focus on the good, while not ignoring the bad and the ugly. Focus on gratitude for what is left, not on pity for what is gone. Focus on your thoughts and emotions, let them be, don’t ignore them, but give them space and time to heal. Set them free, that will set you free.
This too shall pass.
When being calm and resilient, know the storm will come, sweep you off your feet, and leave you feel devastated, regardless how good you were prepared. Don’t fear or despair, because this is all part of it. You are ready, you were calm and resilient, thrust on your own preparedness. It might not look that way, it might not feel that way, but you are more resilient than you think.
Once the storm has set in, hold on. Hold on to your beliefs, your values, and the knowledge you gathered by being calm and resilient in the first place. Hold on to gratitude and love for yourself, for your loved ones, for life as such.
Hold on, have faith. This too shall pass.
Covid came, it made a mess, but eventually it will pass. Leaving a mess behind, but at least a mess we owe; a mess we can give meaning to, and walk out; a mess we can learn lessons off and use for a better future. A mess that showed us the cracks of the system, as well as of our own lives. A mess that showed us how it can all be different from day to day.
A mess that showed us how everything is change, but how we can overcome by being calm, and resilient, and having faith that this too shall pass.
This article is part of the series of Hope in Times of Corona. Read
- How this too shall pass
- how this times of self-isolation should not mean loneliness,
- how you can contribute to this battle,
- how gratitude lights up the dark,
- how united we will stand strong
- on the most util strategy in awake of a crisis
- how I got blown of my feet as well, but caught by many caring hands,
- how being calm can get us through the storm.
- about Love in Times of Corona
- how to discover your own talents
- why we need stories to hold on to
- how you can be creative and innovative.
- how to spend your mot valuable assets in times of Corona.
- how to listen to the sound of silence.
- How breath taking Corona really is.
- discover the other freedoms Corona has shown us,
- about the new-born freedom Corona gave us.
- about another way to exceed your personal bubble.
- about the position of nature in this entire story
- about nature bouncing back
- about the crucial choice between resilience and resistance
- about the game to play
- about star gazing in dark times
- About looking for Meaning
- About how Music Connects
- about what Easter and Corona have in Common
- About the Shark and the Turtle
- About the Irony of Distance
- Why to Hold on
- Fake News
- about The Big Unknown we live at
- about Feeling Alive
- About turning obstacles into opportunities
- about what the Birthday of my nephew learned me about life
- About where we should go from here?
- About coping with incertitude
- About the Great War and the Great Pandemic, and we should not forget
- about history’s most important message, echoed by corona
- How one country could rule them all
- About how to prevent the next Green Pandemic
- about how we are experiencing a new episode of our history books
- about when the poppy flowers
- about what’s in a number
- masks off, how a friend in need is a friend indeed
- What’s Next. after we flattened the curve?
- how will our personal story look like in a post-corona world?
- why we should never let a good crisis go too waste.
- How Spring can happen in Autumn
- How to unlock the lockdown
- Why education matters
- How we can give meaning to the meaningless deaths. (rethink health care)
- The remarkable marketability of health, or not?
- the remarkable rewards of health
- The queeste for global health care
- Health Heroes
- Pains and Gains
- Solidarity 3.0
- Work-Life Balance
- Home sweet home
- Real Connections
- Leadership 3.0
- gratitude 3.0
- Respect 3.0
- Humanity 3.0
- Change Management
- Economic Catharsis
- To consume or not to consume?
- Travel the world, travel your heart
- Barrels of Life
- People, no Number Management
- Back to the Office?
- Those jobs …
- Economic Growth or Green Growth
- Global trade, global fate
- Act local, think global
- A changed climate for Climate Change
- Love is in the Air
- From Fatamorgana to Oasis
- From Covid-19 to Forest Fire
- 5 Shades of Fossil Fuels
- Water, divide and unite
- Almighty Ocean
- Plastic Free July
- Thin Line of Change
- The Story of Corona
- The World Before Corona [recap]
- The World During Corona [recap]
- The World After Corona [recap]
Or wait until tomorrow, when I’ll shine another light on yet another positive corner of this dark time.