Crises put your existence to the test: they highlight your weaknesses, but also your strengths, and your capacity to adapt and overcome adversity.
We have faced numerous risks as a species by exposing ourselves to the elements. As a result, every time you look in the mirror, without realizing it, you are looking at the strongest and most glorious link in a long chain of successful survivors.
My point isn’t to give you any false hopes, but rather, based on our current reality, to assure you that success runs in our species’ blood. Sure, this is a very tough time; our world is changing in increasingly specific terms, and the challenges are enormous, but we have also changed in many ways.
Evolution: Trial-and-error mechanisms
Crises allow us to evolve, to want to be better every day, and to grasp the value of integral wellness and being able to move freely in a clean environment.
As the world changes, we are coming to understand that there are other values more suitable for survival.
Throughout history, humanity has proven to be very curious and capable of adapting to our surroundings.
Unfortunately, we have overestimated the environment’s capacity for renewal. We have exploited and polluted our environment and annihilated countless species, and we have created materials that surpass nature’s capacity of integrating them into the biological cycle, giving way to an accelerated need for evolution and adaptation.
We’re still in the middle of this evolution, and until we have full knowledge of all the risks and benefits, we won’t know what costs we’ll have to pay, so we’ll have to proceed by trial and error.
Covid-19: Also an emotional health crisis
In 2020, the enemy that we are facing on a global scale is an invisible being that threatens the most vulnerable members of our society.
Covid-19 is producing immeasurable catastrophes, from people who are losing their loved ones to those who wonder how (or if) we’ll be able to fix this one day. On top of that, there is also the threat of a global collapse of economic and social stability.
But, you know, although there are many people out there who are suffering from a lot of fear and anxiety over the virus, it’s important to remember that we have the power to foster tranquility.
The small actions that we perform daily have a great impact on how critical moments progress.
The tasks that we must do are many and varied, from following WHO’s health recommendations, like hand washing and social distancing, to any actions that bring peace to others and ourselves.
The hardest task you’ll face today: Focusing
It’s not easy, but this is an excellent opportunity to let go of what you can’t fix and, instead, no matter how hard it seems: focus!
Focus on what you fight for every day: look around you, and if you have children who inspire you to keep going, play with them and you’ll see that they only need a little bit of your time to be happy.
Focus on that beautiful being who’s facing this historical moment by your side, just as you have in the past.
Focus on you: look in the mirror, look at yourself, and rediscover what I mentioned above. Remember? That you are a link in a long chain of successes that have allowed you to tell your story.
It’s not the size of the test, but the quality of our effort. Dare yourself to feel well, and to be the agent of change that your family and the world need.