For some reason, the phrase “Shields up Scotty!” keeps coming to mind.
This is a phrase often used by Captain Kirk in the popular 1960’s TV show “Star Trek” when there was the risk of attack. The shields he speaks of are the force field shield that protects the ship from enemy fire. It seems both figuratively and literally what is happening and needed right now.
When I was doing my research for today’s post, this other quote from Captain Kirk came to mind as appropriate for the times.
“You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there’s no such thing as the unknown — only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”
This pandemic is a perfect example of many things unknown.
- When will it be over?
- What will life look like after?
- Will it come back?
- Will we find an antidote or vaccine?
- When can I visit my family in person?
We have been asked to “shelter-at-home” or “self-isolate” for an unknown length of time. If we have to go out, we now practice social/physical distancing. All things that a few months ago were unheard of and unnecessary.
Now we are are the land of limbo and the questions I posed earlier feed into our conscious and subconscious minds. This comes under the category of mindset freedom. For more support, take a look at my recent post, Remember you always have the power of choice on your side
What can we do in the meantime?
Well if you’re like me and a lot of my friends and colleagues, you’re creating a new virtual life. Boldly going where few have gone before. Sorry had to do another Star trek quote 😉
It is a great time to catch up on all sorts of things.
- Clean up your emails
- Work on that project you’ve had on your mind
- Reach out to family and friends for a virtual cocktail party or dinner
- Clean out that closet
- Try that recipe
- Find and try a NEW recipe
- And yes, you can go for a walk. Just remain at least 6 feet apart from others.
To be honest I’ve not been adversely impacted by the pandemic.
I’ve actually upped my game which upped my activity.
My new mindset is “deepening relationships”. It is reflected in my calls to others and starting with “How are you coping?” and “What can we do to be of service?”
The new things I have been learning to cope with and support are the other people stuck at home with nothing to do. Having gone from full speed to NO speed it is really tough on a lot of people.
That’s why this post is about understanding, compassion, and empathy.
Understanding, compassion, and empathy for yourself AND others.
First for yourself.
What do you need to understand about the impact on your business and your life?
Then once we’ve given that a thought, what about the impact on others?
- What do they need?
- What is it like for them?
- How can you not only empathize but also support them?
This is where being a good listener is very helpful. Just being with them and being present to their struggle can be worth more than anything you can do.
So while the world says “shields up Scotty!” don’t put your shields up to the people who have been most affected. Some of whom are in your own home. A lot of whom are on the front lines. From hospital workers to long term care workers to those who serve us at grocery stores.
Practice…practice…practice…understanding, compassion, and empathy for yourself AND others.
Above do what you need to do to stay positive.
Let us know how you are doing and what you are doing to stay positive.
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