“For the well-mannered among us, we turn away from the person we’re talking to when the urge to sneeze strikes, even with a mask on, covering our nose and mouth in an effort to not spread germs. Then we say, “Excuse me.” And we wash our hands repeatedly throughout the day and may have bottles of Sanitizer placed everywhere. It’s all part of a polite exchange, proper etiquette and our conscious efforts to keep harmful things at bay.
While we’re ultra-careful not to pass along the common cold, we can be less careful, even careless, about spreading other infectious things. A prime example: Our negative thoughts.”
This extract was taken from an article written in 2015 – seemingly ages ago, yet could have been written yesterday.
When the State of Disaster was declared, we thought it would only be three weeks and we supported that. And then it went on. And on. But we had to cope, and we did.
Did anyone tell us how? Well, kind of vaguely… but we had to cope nonetheless because there was no other option. Sweating and saving and stressing, feeling guilt about having more then others, envy at those in the same stream, but who had a better boat. We have choice, which is what makes us human – drift with the stream and let it control us, or go against the stream to where we really want to be
While we are all literally fighting for survival, I am reminded of a book called A Beautiful Apocalypse, by Jordan Allen… Where the entire population is fighting against being bitten and infected by Zombies and several intriguing levels of human development as coping strategies – none of which were particularly wrong, but possibly misguided.
It just made me think of what is truly important to humanity – HUMANITY itself. We are Social, Emotional creatures, dependent on one another for sustenance, nourishment and fulfillment. Now, more than ever, it’s time to acknowledge that and become more socially and emotionally aware.
Social-Emotional Development deals with 6 elements, these being: Self-Awareness; Self-Regulation; Social Awareness; Relationship Management; Goal Directed Behavior and Optimistic Thinking.
The first is often the most difficult to grapple with, because it requires an honest look at ourselves. The same applies to businesses right now. Vulnerability highlights where our weaknesses lie and what areas require attention and development.
Let’s take a deep dive into ourselves and our businesses to see where we need attention, so when we rejuvenate and spring back into action, those vulnerable parts are healed and stronger than ever, so we can once again function optimally – not just as magnificent human beings, but as amazing contributors to our economy!
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