“Every Ending creates space and opportunity for an amazing new beginning.”
Hope filled words that we need now more than ever. I think we can all agree that the Covert-19 epidemic has thrust humanity into a world the likes of which few people alive today have ever experienced before and the effects of which will change our world in ways we are only beginning to imagine. Everyone on earth will be affected, challenged and changed in some way, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, beliefs, financial status or political stance.
We are in this together whether we like it or not.
The question that we need to ask ourselves is, “how will we as individuals, and how will we as humanity show up within this forced ‘RESET’.
For weeks now we have all been bombarded with covid-19 updates and stats, news reports from around the planet, naysayers and doomsayers, optimistic encouragements and pessimist predictions. It is an overload of contrasting information in the midst of an epic, global crisis with an unknown outcome that has left us all oversaturated and confused, with varied degrees of fear. Perhaps, we fear our own mortality, not seeing our loved ones again, shortage of food and resources, foul-play on the part of governments or secret societies, economic collapse and how this will affect our ability to provide for our families. Will we have jobs and businesses to go back to at the end of this? We each fear what the outcome and consequences for every aspect of our lives will be.
Fear is not the wrong response because it is the natural human response induced by perceived danger or threat. Fear can cause us to either flee, hide or freeze in the midst of traumatic events. With thousands dying and tens of thousands infected each day whilst billions of us are in various degrees of lockdown situations across the planet, I’d say that this would certainly qualify as a traumatic event.
Has fear gripped your heart? Does this sound familiar? Think about it, what have you been engaging in during your lockdown?
Have your fears caused you to become incapacitated and unable to respond precisely at the moment that we need solutions most.
We don’t only need an antidote for Covid-19. Our more pressing need is an antidote for a massive cloud of deadly fear that has gripped our hearts.
The crazy thing is. We already have the antidote built right into us. It’s called Hope. Most of us might be in lockdown across the planet but this is not the time to waste our time. It is a unique opportunity to re-evaluate our values, reset our actions and work together to re-imagine and re-design the future.
In the wake of Covert-19 businesses all across our planet will be seeking bail-outs and bankruptcy protection. Once the trillions in government assistance runs out we will look for ways to rebuild our lives. As we do, we will need to examine our values, principles and practices of social, environmental and economic development and replace it with ones that will not leave us sitting ducks for the next crisis.
What we need is a plan. I believe that the plan will start with re-designing your own future beyond Covid-19. The silver lining around this darkest of clouds in recent history is that we have all been given a rare moment in time to STOP what we know is not making us come alive. Reset our values, actions and motivations. Then GO towards a life by design. One where you create from your place of purpose. When we create from purpose I believe that we will then begin to not only re-design our own future but also that of humanity because we are each part of a whole. Within each of us lay a very unique solution to a specific human and ecological challenge. as Howard Thurman once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” In the midst of this dark time, this still rings true.
I invite you to join my good friend Andy Ferguson and myself in an ongoing conversation we call STOP-REST-GO that we hope will empower you to re-imagine the future and co-create solutions that will help us create the resilience we will need to survive this and any other crisis that will inevitably follow. If you want to join the conversation then just follow our social links below and we will keep you updated.
Covid-19 is not a death sentence for humanity. It is our wake up call. Will you join us and help co-create our better, brighter future?
All 7.7 Billion of us are counting on you.