What a strange month it has been. One month ago, we left our office on a 2-week furlough without any idea of when we would return. We still don’t know when we will be able to get back to work. Most of us are sequestered in our homes. For many, it’s been a time to work from home or find a variety of other things to do: special projects, the things we never get to, and tackling the clutter we say we always want to eliminate, keep us busy, but it is a challenge to let go of the pace and busyness of our normal lives. We miss the social interactions we have in the grocery store, the gas station, on the phone, at the office. There is a loneliness to this. To which I say, you are not alone. We are all in this together.
For many, it is also a time to go deep within through prayer and meditation, asking for guidance for thoughts and actions. We want to make sense of it all. How can we find meaning in any of this? It is a time for reflection. It is a time to ask, to inquire and to reach out to others.
It is written – ask and you shall receive. Can you center in the asking? Can you rest and trust in that space? Can you feel the presence of Light and Love and Power? Be still and know the presence. Be still and know your source. This is quantum consciousness, here before all things, all that is, has been, will be and all that remains, that in which we live and move and have our being.
Be still and listen. Welcome the guidance for you are loved. Together we will create something entirely new, proceeding in an orderly fashion out of that which has gone before. Be willing to receive. We read the word: “Be strong for I am with you.” You are not alone.
As we open to receive, we take action to help one another. United we stand, divided we fall. Each day I look to the news to learn what new actions have been taken by ordinary Americans and our businesses to reduce the suffering and concerns of the people that make up our nation. I am inspired by the heroism of those in the front lines – the medical teams that save us, the services that stay open to keep us fed, the truckers and transports. I am uplifted by the ingenuity and flexibility of so many people who have shifted their focus to serve the common need.
Face masks have been a struggle to obtain. Among the first movers in industry who responded to the call were those who were able to think out of the box and shift what they currently manufactured. MyPillow converted one of its buildings to face mask production. Buck Mason pivoted from sportswear to face masks. The Patriots chartered a plane to bring face masks from China. Brooks Brothers began making 150,000 face masks daily. This morning, Etsy reports thousands of people selling face masks – designer face masks – as an example of Americans to help #standwithsmall. You-Tube is filled with videos on how to make masks from bandanas and hair ties, and waxed paper.
There was great concern we would not have enough ventilators. Florida International University turned its innovative labs into 3D printing facilities. HP now uses it 3D printers to make ventilators and there are other large companies who stepped up to the plate as well.
Faulkner Plastics began making face shields. Six hundred distilleries like Bicardi switched their production from liquor to hand sanitizers. Other manufacturers began making hospital gowns.
Over the weekend, a NYC lawyer offered his services for free to help those who are suffering from the impact of the virus.
As empty as Easter services were, there was an effort to still celebrate with drive-in services. A woman struggling with deep personal problems was drawn to a church filled with such cars. As the minister called for them to turn on their hazard lights together, she was moved from a breakdown to a breakthrough. Live streaming has filled the hearts of many from church to church and attendance is up.
Early on, restaurants who were able to do so switched from seating their guests to service take out. Shake Shack created a new offering – Go Belly where you pick up the supplies you need to cook the meal at home. They were among others searching for ways to ensure liquidity and keep people employed and available. Other restaurants like Yoga-urt in Los Angeles opened a Go-Fund me page to keep her employees working while they provided their product to healthcare providers. KFC donated 1,000,000 pieces of chicken for the health care providers. A pizza parlor donates meals to frontline workers. Fire departments are celebrating the heroism of first responders with parades of fire trucks, lights flashing.
Eastern Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines helped fly stranded Americans home from around the world.
Tom Brady’s company TB12 started offering virtual workouts for health and mindset.
Comedians began to tip their toes into the waters wearing outrageous hazmat gear in public. Arnold Schwarzenegger donated $1,000,000 for masks. Dolly Parton gave $1,000,000 for research.
My point is this, there are numerous ways we can help or be helped during these times regardless of our pocketbooks or status.
Now that the first discussions have started about how we are going to come back to normal productivity, many of us are already committed to doing whatever it takes to get back to business. This is not the time to sit back on our heels. Instead, we can step out in courage as soon as we’re given permission to do so. It’s up to us – it’s up to me to make things happen.
To do this, we’ll need to work at managing our mind and emotions. Get centered. Use a calming peace process to help you. Stay open to inner guidance for how you can make a difference.
Keep holding your vision. This is one time when you can clearly see what is stopping you. Don’t let it. Use the time to find ways around, over, under and through the circumstances and get more proactive. We can plan how we will emerge.
Ask yourself how you serve others and what you can do right now to continue to serve. Maybe you can’t get out of the house, but you have a phone and a computer. Maybe you can help coordinate the work of other organizations who have stepped up to the plate.
Ask yourself if you can use your assets, skills and expertise to offer something new. Consider helping others by giving it away. Ask yourself what is on everyone’s mind, what they want and need, then create products, services or information that helps them to get it.
Get it done yesterday using a simple plan that can be executed today rather than a complicated plan that takes a year to roll out. If you need help creating a plan, look for people who can help or teach you how to do it.
Remember you are not alone. If you need help, reach out. Reconnect with people you never have time to call or someone who comes to mind. Reconnect with yourself. Look at how you live your life and what you want.
If you want to feel better by helping someone else, check out #AmericaTogether, #Strong, #alonetogether. Love one another. If you want to help others by donating, find your favorite charity and find out what they need. Give blood. Give plasma.
We will come through this time. And we will come back stronger for the lessons learned. You go, America!
Be strong. Be well. Be safe. Be inspired.
I believe in you,
P.S. The next Train Your Brain, Claim Your Power call is this coming Saturday, 4/18 at 9:00am Pacific time. We’ll be talking about how to manage our thoughts and emotions in uncertain times. You are invited to join us in the Zoom meeting.
When: Apr 18, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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