Yesterday I published this blog to talk about how terrible my mindset has been for a few months, why it’s been so bad, as well as what I am doing to change it. It really does feel like the darkest hour is always before the dawn!
After publishing this blog, I received many messages from friends around the world who read it and then told me about their struggles – especially in Australia, where things are very intense right now. However, in Asia, it’s a whole other level of intense. Definitely not an easy time for anyone.
However, I am always thinking within the context of history, and when you look back at pandemic history, we are definitely in the hardest time. We’re at the point where, after all this time and everything we’ve done, it keeps coming back, and every evolution seems to be taking us further away from the end. No question it’s extremely frustrating, but for those in the eye of the storm, it’s a despairing time too. I’m in the eye of the storm.
I totally get the feelings being expressed around the world, but I wanted to share my perspective on how to get through it, and maybe even find your equilibrium.
What you resist persists
From the start, we’ve fought this virus, denied it, refused to take it seriously, and more, however the more we fight it, the worse it gets – where your attention goes, the energy flows, right?
Quite understandably, because it continues to be so relentless and success is eluding us, we are pissed off, angry, sick of being locked in, sick of our lives being constricted and more, but it’s not changing what is.
So if you can, try and move into acceptance of what is, all the while knowing one day soon, we will all be sharing the stories of this time with our friends and families. Because it will be over. Just not yet.
If you can muster up the strength, do something with this time. You’ll never get time like this again, ever. Write that book, launch a podcast or YouTube channel, read that book you’ve been meaning to read, clean out the house and donate to charity, and on it goes. Give yourself big projects to fill your time in ways that inspire and energize you.
Get out into nature. Be in the moment. I was just walking in rock pools and a voice sang out over the ocean from a house in the cliffs. It was beautiful and I just stood there, in silence, listening to this beautiful gift. Seek awe, everywhere you go. Notice the insects, the birds, nature in its glory. This is something that really helps me. If you have access to nature, get in it.
Be of service. Whether you are a voice of calm in challenging times on social media, a friend on the end of the phone, a person who brings people together on Zoom for quiz nights (or Cointreau hours 😊), or perhaps you can help collect donations for charities, cook food for charities delivering out in the community, or get on the front line to deliver food and needed items to those struggling the most?
Be of service in whatever way makes your heart sing. When you are in service, you escape a challenging mindset, because you are part of something bigger than yourself.
This time is hard, it’s extremely hard. I’ve spent the last few months desperately clawing my way back to a more optimistic mindset, but sometimes the gravity of this time sinks it’s claws in, and THAT’S OK TOO! You’d be inhuman not to be impacted right now.
I’ve learnt to sink into whatever feelings I need to face, feel them, and then get out as quickly as I can. The worst thing you can do is get stuck there.
I hope this helps. I totally appreciate it’s an enormously challenging time, but we will make it out the other side. We will.
Friend’s content and sometimes mine
The strange upside of COVID for media entrepreneurs my friend, Chris Edwards, is a woman I admire and she’s sharing really great content on launching a media business. Enjoyed this interview woman.
How to Create Content on LinkedIn a wonderful article from the inspiring Lavinia Thanapathy on how you can elevate your presence on LinkedIn through the content you share. Great advice!
To get my creative inspiration back, I must disconnect – again, this is my blog talking about my state of mind in recent months.
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
The jaw-droppingly high, out-of-this-world carbon footprint of space tourism tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
This is Grobrix tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Coles ditches plastic collectible toys in bid to reduce waste tks Kerrie Phipps
Resetting goalposts key to driving success of Phuket Sandbox – tks Scott Toon
The Anti-vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable tks Cindi Leong
Porter’s elevation betrays PM’s chilling apathy towards survivors tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and Technology
Michael Pascoe: Thank art for Australia’s top economy tks Phillipa Edwards
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
The surprising benefits of talking to strangers tks Kerrie Phipps
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2021 – Arise tks Andrew Psarianos
Census time to mark ‘No Religion’ tks Phillipa Edwards
Passion, humour, history
Macaques at Japan reserve get first alpha female in 70-year history tks Willie Wahlin
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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