THE POWER OF 8 – A NEW WORLD: A NEW BEGINNING
COVID19 now officially creates the same amount of horror as September 11, 2001 – otherwise known as 911. (Interestingly, if COVID was shortened to the number 1, if read backwards, it would be 911!)
There are numerous differences between these 2 global impacting events but both have created a new understanding of terminology around each event.
TERRORISM became the common word in the early 2000’s. Now we live daily with words like LOCKDOWN, SOCIAL-DISTANCING, SELF ISOLATION…..so difficult to understand how we got here, but, WE ARE HERE and now we need to focus on obeying the new ‘rules of engagement ‘ and focussing on the POSITIVE PRESENT and not a FEARFUL FUTURE.
MOURNING THE OLD LIFESTYLE.
Let’s be realistic. Things are going to look vastly different come the end of the PANDEMIC. The worst pandemic was in fact NOT the BLACK PLAGUE of the Middle Ages. It was actually the 2 year SPANISH FLU (which actually did not start in Spain) from 1918 to 1920 – claiming the lives of an estimated 2% of the global planets human population (50 million people). The entire planet became one in the devastation.
A Pandemic has no discrimination and no mercy.
I am no scientist, but the world has progressed incredibly in the 100 years since the Spanish Flu. So much so, that, by all accounts the figures – while shocking as they may be – are not expected to be nearly has horrendous as they were a century ago.
So, what’s the point of my little story?
Many of us have experienced and/or witnessed the five stages of mourning/grieving (first proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying )
I am simply asking you to allow me to offer my thoughts on how to acknowledge and then manage these 5 stages as if you were mourning the loss of an old friend…namely the PAST.
|FEARFUL FUTURE||POSITIVE PRESENT||MY COMMENT|
|DENIAL||This CANT be happening now.||This IS happening now||ACCEPT it early on – don’t deny the obvious|
|ANGER||I/WE don’t deserve this||NOBODY (especially those who have so little) deserves this||Consider others less fortunate than yourself. You will start appreciating what you have a lot quicker|
|BARGAINING||IF ONLY I had listened, I would be fine right now. Maybe if I give more now, I won’t suffer.||I AM GOING TO GET MORE INFORMED. I now know what to do if anyone else needs my help||Focus on reputable media and DON’T fall into FAKE NEWS TRAP.|
|SADNESS/REGRET||I WILL LOSE EVERYTHING (my job/business/ source of income)||I MAY LOSE EVERYTHING but I have many gifts that I can depend upon.||Otherwise known as Depression, one cannot deny the easy downward spiral to feeling lost and alone. The truth is – you are not. Move closer to those around you – and commit to helping them first – they will inevitably help you envision your next step quicker and easier.|
|ACCEPTANCE||I ACCEPT THAT THINGS WILL NEVER BY THE SAME AGAIN||I ACCEPT WITH GRATITUDE THAT THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT|
Slight difference in wording but a massive difference in mindset which prepares one for an EXCITING FUTURE !
IN CLOSING, the number 8 is the cornerstone of our business for a number of reasons.
Mostly notable because it is a biblical number that signifies A NEW BEGINNING. Which is pretty much what my whole blog is about and very apt considering we have just celebrated EASTER….
ACCEPT, EMBRACE AND PREPARE FOR THE NEW NORMAL – IT IS A NEW BEGINNING FOR US ALL!