By Graham Thompson, retired registered psychotherapist
In the last week I have spoken with community members about the COVID-19 situation and its impact on business and personal lives. Some have shared great concerns and fears, while others have expressed cautious optimism.
In these conversations I have had some great reminders that I thought I would share with you:
1. I remembered I have a choice
Fear is an awesome emotion, helping us decide when to be cautious, when to fight, or even when to defend ourselves. Unfortunately our fear can turn into anxiety—usually a result of unrealistic thoughts we generate from our fears.
Many of us have difficult decisions to make as our economy evolves. With all that is happening in our community and beyond, you have a choice to consciously separate your decisions from anxious thoughts. If you are feeling anxious, consider stopping what you’re doing and consciously remind yourself of what is realistic.
2. I was reminded to embrace the situation
Embracing a situation can be extremely difficult, especially when we are challenged to accept something that we don’t want, or feel is the ‘wrong’ outcome. However, the great thing about acceptance is that it brings to light positive outcomes we would have otherwise missed.
So ask yourself, how would an innovative person embrace your situation? We need to continue to look for opportunity and accept changes (big or small) that bring success for the future.
3. I was challenged to be proactive
Our community has potential to show support and acceptance for each other. As a supporter of small business in Muskoka, I have seen many succeed over the years, directly because of support we provide to one another. I have seen ideas turn into reality. And yes, I have seen many failures as well, including my own.
However one thing is for certain—we will not learn from sitting on our hands, we must be purposeful and act with determination. Make a plan for your future based on facts, and put it into action. Remember, innovation is key to sustainability.
My hope is that our community will not return to be as it was before, but that we take this time to think of new and inspiring ways of living. Think as an innovator, become a Changemaker, and actively support each other to succeed as a community.
Wishing you all the best,
Retired Registered Psychotherapist
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