I've been talking a lot recently with family, friends and business associates. All of our conversations begin with how we are individually dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. All of us are still working; all of us are working from home. We are social however so we are all getting antsy. Using our cell phones to make calls reminds us that they are 'telephones'! And ZOOM has become our friend both for business and personal.
It strikes me that some of the topics we discuss revolve around how to help each other cope through this crisis. Below are some of the thoughts I shared in my latest book, 'Growing Up: Canadian Jamaican'. Some of them apply as we all grapple with new normal:
- Don't be a D! Consider that we, our community, city, country, continent, planet, are in this together!
- Help another when you can.
- You are special...to someone! If you are lucky you will have a number of special people in your life. Cherish them! Stop what you are doing to help them.
- Stuff happens. It will happen multiple times. Some will be your fault...don't make those mistakes again. Some will not be your fault...so what, it's still stuff! Get on with it!
- When you have setbacks, assess and move on.
- Seek out advice...remember that you don't;t have to act on everything. Assess advice and make your own decisions.
- Personal strength is being able to keep going when the tide is against you.
- Optimism is essential! If you are pessimistic about the future, what's the point in going on?
- Don't take things too seriously. Seriously!
- Find the humour in everything. Yes, everything!
- When the road runs out, stop the car and start walking.
- Don't let the bastards get you down! This one from a very good friend.
- Never ever give up!