“What we’re talking about is getting to know fear, becoming familiar with fear, looking it right in the eye—not as a way to solve problems, but as a complete undoing of old ways of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and thinking. The truth is that when we really begin to do this, we’re going to be continually humbled.”
When Things Fall Apart
Heart Advice for Difficult Times
by Pema Chödrön
“Like tiny seeds with potent power to push through tough ground and become mighty trees, we hold innate reserves of unimaginable strength. We are resilient.” ~Catherine DeVrye, The Gift of Nature
“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”
~John C. Maxwell
The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy have been deemed essential workers by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern. In a wondrous touch, she adds that “if the Easter Bunny doesn’t make it to your household, then we have to understand that it’s a bit difficult at the moment for the bunny to perhaps get everywhere.”*
More than a poignant story, this exemplifies true, wise leadership – setting an upbeat yet realistic vision, acknowledging fear and uncertainty, communicating with authenticity and humor.
To all celebrating holidays this week or month – Easter, Passover or Ramadan – may your holiday be sustaining and meaningful.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
I like to think that what we’re doing isn’t social distancing but physical distancing. We are staying physically apart from one another, but it is imperative that we not become socially isolated. Please reach out to those you know who may be alone or who don’t have access to video chats. And if you are feeling alone, please reach out to someone you know. We may not know you are feeling lonely, and it is
“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.” ~Elizabeth Edwards
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”