By Jen Gendron: Health & Wellness Coach
As I am sure has been the case for most of you, the last week has been absolute chaos for me. Trying to keep up with the ever-changing situation around us, scrambling to ensure I do all I can to save my business, find a way to keep my family safe and figure out how to maintain some sort of “normal” amidst this quickly changing set of circumstances has been physically, mentally & emotionally exhausting.
While we all struggle to make sense of this situation and face the reality of what lies ahead, I struggle to remind myself that everything happens for a reason and that no matter how we come out the other side of this situation, as long as we have our health, nothing else matters. Buried amongst the hundreds of posts about numbers and rate of spread and lots of sad news that I have been watching and reading daily, the things that have really drawn my attention lately have been posts about the world just needing to take a breath and the thought that with everything slowing down and many things coming to a stand still with no planes in the air and no cars on the road, that we are reducing the pollution that we are often so oblivious to and unaware of happening daily.
I have begun to think about all the things that have been happening around the world lately – the floods we experienced here, the wildfires that burned through Australia – and how we reacted to these things in the moment but then quickly forgot about them and went about our business. But this current crisis has reached such a global level that this time, we can’t just acknowledge and move on, for this we all must stop and take notice around the world. It is as though the Universe started out with subtle hints that we ignored and when we did, the signs got louder until, now we have been sent something that we absolutely can’t ignore, something that has forced us literally to stop and take notice.
After having a discussion about these thoughts on a walk with my husband tonight, I came home to have a wonderful article by Bill Gates come across my Facebook feed. Click HERE to read this wonderful article.
The messages in this article are powerful and really spoke to me on a deep level. I believe there are lessons to be learned in this global crisis that we are facing and that as hard as it is to do right now, we all need to take the time to pause, to stop really, and to reflect on what this means personally for each one of us.
It will be a long time before things return to “normal” in our world and in fact, maybe that is not at all what we need. I read another quote that really stopped me in my tracks that read “Nothing should go back to normal. Normal wasn’t working.” How very true is that?
After this crisis does pass and we are able to return to our jobs and our schools and venture out again into our communities, how will it look different? What changes will we make in our lives? There are so many things we will no longer take for granted that is for sure. We will be more than happy to step away from technology and reconnect with real humans, to hug our friends and loved ones, to look into people’s eyes and have real conversations. So maybe when this is all over, our “new normal” will see us in a wonderful place where we can slow down and reconnect and breathe because many of us have forgotten just how good that feels! Right now, my favorite quote by Gandhi that appears on the wall of our facility seems more powerful than ever – “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – now is the time.