How to See the Possibilities in the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 9, 2020 by Rose Cook
I’m not a poet whatsoever, but I must admit I do enjoy alliterations. This month, the “p” sound was top of mind as I was reflecting on all the … pandemic possibilities. As we move into the second half of a memorable (or shall we say forgettable?) 2020, I find my mindset shifting from perplexed and puzzled to optimistic and hopeful about the possibilities.
A virus that not too many months ago seemed like just a news story happening on the other side of the world has permeated our lives and altered our normal. I know when this started and schools and businesses started closing, I thought, “Ok, we can do this. It’s temporary. It’ll just be a couple of weeks.” Then it became a couple of months, but hey, summer is here and things will get back to normal. Right? Probably not, but I hope we’re heading in the right direction.
One thing I know is that we’ve all, and I mean all, had to roll with this. From kids finishing the school year online to people working from home for the first time, we’ve rolled with it. I’m so proud of my team for adapting to all of the changes and challenges without missing a beat. As many companies have found out, having their employees working from home and utilizing technology to communicate has had little impact on productivity. In many cases, it’s increased since everyone is always connected. It’s sometimes hard to walk away when all of your work is right there.
I’m really a “glass half full” kind of person and I’m trying to remain positive throughout this trying time. I feel like some good has come out of this as pollution in many areas has improved and community spirit has blossomed. For me, I know that the pandemic has made this painfully clear: precious family time due to forced togetherness has been a blessing. Trying to make lemonade out of lemons, I’ve been looking for ways to continue to improve and move forward. The three “p’s” I’ve been focusing on include pivot, productivity, and portfolio.
Perhaps these thoughts will prompt you to ponder your own personal possibilities. I’d love to hear about them! Wishing you a safe and healthy summer, full of possibilities.
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