Over the past few days (and weeks), we have all faced moments of great stress. From the abandonment of set routines to the loss of multiple strains of income, the impacts of these self isolating measures are very palpable. During fearful and erratic moments (like this), I enjoy turning to this quote.
"Fear is a universal experience... It's not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share. We react against the possibility of loneliness, of death, of not having anything to hold onto. Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. If we commit ourselves to staying right where we are, then our experience becomes very vivid. Things become very clear when there is nowhere to escape."
- Pema Chödrön
Throughout this period, self reflection has further aided me in discovery. Discovery of who I am, who I am becoming, and who I want to be. As challenging as this time may be, I still believe it's important for us to always search for lessons(no matter how big or small). Lessons that challenge what we value, that guide us to further our capacity for success and push us towards becoming better people in a better society.
Although it’s much easier to allow ourselves to live in a negative state, it is my hope that we can aim to reframe our situations. Reframing and reflecting so that maybe we can find a positive and more empowering meaning for this moment. In the meantime, keep washing those hands, keep reaching out virtually and I’m looking forward to the day in which we can meet again, face to face.