Was That A Good Thing?

Was that a good thing?

The Coronavirus? The Pandemic? The current circumstance? The next thing?

They say, the only thing constant is change.

With change comes fear or excitement. Both excitement and fear involve the same chemical process in the brain.  The first thing that happens is the heightened sense of your environment, and you feel that rush of cortisol in your brain as the fight-or-flight mentality begins to set in.

How did you react?

How are you responding now?

When things happen, as they always do; I don’t believe that you can decide if something was “good or bad”, “beneficial or not” when it happens.

A cancer diagnosis sucks. Does it? Or does it give the person the ability to finally live their life like they had always dreamed and not take anything for granted.

A crippling accident? Is that a bad thing? Who knows? Did they wallow in self pity, or did they fall in love for the first time in their life with the nurse that cared for them? Did it lead them to innovate a product to help millions of others in the future, when in a similar circumstance occurs?

Coronavirus? Stuck at home with a spouse and kids for months? The news will tell you that divorce lawyers never had more business.  However, many others got to spend time with family that they never would have had otherwise. Some founds hobbies that will help with future anxieties. Others found opportunities to create new businesses.

The Stockdale Paradox states, “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end, which you can never afford to lose; with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

Change your perspective. Change everything.