It’s been a week. The coronavirus pandemic has reached a level of national and global uncertainty that has seemingly put the world at a standstill. As I write this, I am nervous for my children, my parents, and all of my family and friends. I am worried for those that can’t afford healthcare and aren’t sure where their next meal will come from during an already difficult time. I am anxious about our economy, the challenges that we will faced moving forward, and the feelings of isolation that will develop in individuals all around the world. There is so much anxiety and fear right now and it is more important than ever that we focus on what we can control. By focusing on what we can control, we can arrive at a place of action and purpose. The controllables empower us to keep leading when fear pushes us in the opposite direction.
Here’s what I know: I can’t control how long it will take to find a cure for the coronavirus or how to make more room in the hospitals. (I wish I could, but that is not my area of expertise!) I can’t control what people put out on news and social media outlets. I can’t control all the places and people I’ve been in contact with in the last 14 days before this became a national emergency. I can’t control those that are already sick throughout the world. In other words, I can’t magically fix everything.
If I spend time worrying about these things that I can’t control I will drive myself crazy and that’s not helpful for anyone. Rather, I am choosing to focus on what I can control. These things include:
- Eating healthy, exercising, and getting outdoors as much as I can to build up my immune system
- Following all state and national protocols
- Keeping my home, office and car (alright I’m getting to the car!), clean and disinfected
- Stocking up on a food and supplies and some “fun” things too!
- Discovering new recipes to try out (namely those involving chocolate!)
- Use technology for good! There are all kinds of children’s lessons, educational games, webinars, and professional development opportunities out there online and many of them are offering free or reduced pricing during the pandemic
- Practicing A LOT of mindfulness and meditation
- Creating a structured routine for our family that allows for flexibility, fun, and lots of connection
- Clean and Donate. I know, I know, probably not the most fun thing… but, what if you could make fun. And, there’s always that “one closet, drawer, attic, etc.,” that drives you bonkers…. now’s your chance!
- Read and write – these are game changers for me!
- Starting the first hour of my day withOUT technology. This allows me to control my morning message rather than those around me
- Reaching out to those that may be lonely or in need of support
- Praying and reading the Bible – Faith beats fear EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
By focusing on what I can control what I’m finding is gratitude. I am grateful for this unexpected free time that I have with my family. I am grateful that we have a roof over our heads and food in our refrigerator. I am grateful to be surrounded by the love of family and friends and to know that we are not alone. I am grateful for the breaths that I take and life that I am watching grow around me in my 2 beautiful girls. I am grateful to have the ability to read and write, because that is some of the best medicine during times like these. I am grateful to God for always being with me and allowing me to cast my fear and worry to Him so that I can be present with my family and help those that may not be as fortunate.
The Undefeated Heart is about leadership and developing a strong identity and foundation of health in every leader. NEVER has our health been more critical and I hope that out of all the hardship and pain we can find an appreciation for health that permeates new support, ideas, and connection to our own well-being. Let’s use this time to practice gratitude and wellness. And then, let’s use our strong foundation to reach out to those that need aren’t as fortunate and begin to heal the world one person at a time.
So much appreciate your post and you are so correct to inspire others to work on things we can control. People like you are very much needed in a time like this.
Thank you so much Gregory! I am still working hard to get things up and running and hope you continue to find this helpful especially during this challenging time. All my best!