Preserving life, liberty and our right to pursue happiness is still at the core of the American Dream. It’s how we get there that causes the friction. Often, the intensity of our belief that we have the answer is proportional to our need to “distrust and verify”.
That feeling you have right now? It’s grief. The suffering and death that used to be happening to someone else is directly touching each of us. We can’t go back to what was. We can only pick up the pieces and go forward with what is.
We can find meaning in the midst of fear, renewal in the shadow of grief and loss. There are good people out there. They celebrate the value of a single human being. They just make their magic quietly and don’t Tweet about it.
Paul Simon may have composed his first major hit without giving it much thought. But whatever your political position, “The Sound of Silence” remains an important reminder to stand up for your beliefs, to challenge paradigms and to fight for the ideals on which our delicate experiment in democracy is based.
Every generation has its “rendezvous with destiny”. We now know that ours is upon us. How we respond can lead to travail or transcendence. May we commit to the latter, so that future generations will read about our exploits and echo Winston Churchill, saying, “This was their finest hour.”
What are your plans for Surviving Quarantine? As Detroit Free Press Columnist Mitch Albom writes, how we deal deprivation says a lot about who we are. We can ignore it and put ourselves and others at risk. We can shut down and descend into tension relieving behaviors. Or we can make it the defining moment of our lives.
Lets be honest. This COVID-19 / Corona Virus thing scares the hell out of us. How do we navigate fear when it feel’s like it’s banging on our front door. This isn’t like navigating fear at work. Even those of you who put your life on the line in the course of another day at the office have been trained…
Whether you’re raising kids or leading a team, how you provide developmental feedback will determine the extent your effectiveness. Do it poorly and your own objectives may be at risk. Do it well and you will attract the best and brightest.