I’m taking a global coaching course, and I was paired with Deborah, a woman from Germany, in a Zoom break-out room to discuss the first fear that comes to mind about the COVID-19 crisis.
My gut reaction was to express fears about my mom. I am in contact with children, grandchildren, family and friends via FaceTime, phone, text, e-mail, Zoom – overwhelming technologies to my 93-year-old mother in a wonderful care facility. Talking on the phone with her entails the intervention of multiple people because her phone is a mystery to her. This must be so confusing for her. It is a conundrum for us.
Deborah thinks she had the Coronavirus ten days ago, and I asked what that was like. She said, “I felt fluish, I slept more, but other than that, there was no change. I’m an introvert.”
Hmm. I also love reading, writing, quiet and silent contemplation. I just like to talk about it.
Deborah confessed that for her, being sick enabled her to let go of things that she normally would see as pressing. It provided her with a reason to be ultra-reclusive, her preferred way of being.
I wonder who might experience some small positive outcome as a result of this crisis.
Parents who dream of staying home with their children
Liquor store owners
Online learning lovers
People growing out gray roots
Our witty friends and loving family help us cope with anxiety and grief. How can shift our consciousness away from fear?
Follow CDC guidelines.
If we pay attention, there are silver linings – there always are. No foolin’.