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Today’s Takeaway from Free Virtual Coffeeshop Group Coaching – via ZOOM – 05 April 2020 is:

Be the one who is writing your COVID-19 story!

“COVID-19 is forcing us to see how many choices we do have with less, and how we are writing our personal story through this adventure with a pen of which we cannot let go! What are your writing? What do you need to re-write? Do it now, while there is still time!”

Melody Taylor-Fliege

A situation like the current COVID-19 situation can make us feel powerless, fearful about our future, even desperate about future likelihoods. A constant firework of news, fake news, social media posts, the panicked reaction in our environment contributes to the build-up of various insecurities. The expected behavior of “social distancing” may go against our values, against our natural drive, and especially against our needs during this time of heightened fears.

Today we found a few successful ways to remain calm and hopeful in this seemingly hopeless and absurd situation. Taking advantage of the positive aspects that the condition of a self-imposed lockdown or a curfew is creating for us: time to stop, take a deep breath and look at the situation, we are really in. While it is essential to be informed through reliable sources, there is no need to screen every news source and every social media nonstop, expecting they provide the light at the end of the tunnel that we crave desperately.

Although news can be extremely informative, news media also make money by attracting viewers by selling the most sensational story: more infections, more casualties, more lost jobs. Nonstop reality can be too much to process; smaller doses allow us to transform it into positive impact, action, and sustainable change. Like covid19 is showing us the importance of taking a time out at a global scale, taking time out from news media inputs is also more helpful than the constant search for information.

Take a pause and remember: this will be over one day. What story do you want to look back to? Do you want memories of panic-buying and upset or calm demeanor, handling what you can handle, helping where you can manage?

  • How can I prepare my health, my knowledge, my job prospects for a brighter future afterward?
  • What can I do to make “social distancing” more pleasant for everyone?
  • What activities can make me feel more positive right now, a good book, a funny movie, a Skype or WeChat call with someone meaningful?

Your “social distancing” can be reduced to physical distancing with increased social contacts. Right now is the best time in history to live with a “shelter-in-place-order.” You can maintain relationships without being physically present like never before.

Be the one who is writing your COVID-19 story!

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