Personal perspectives shared by Ken Cynar – Executive VP, Editor-in-Chief – G&A Institute
The initial pandemic panic seems to have subsided, those that needed to hoard have apparently reached their limits and now is the time for calm.
We must be ready for the long haul….the very long haul!
There are some people who have been focused on immediate gratification so often that [gratification] becomes the only solution; for those people and all the rest of us — I think that this period in our lives should be teaching us patience. Patience and forbearance.
Social isolation will test our relationships, reach into our inner being and unfortunately in some cases release inner anger and frustration.
This is not the time to point the fingers, get angry at whomever or scream to the heavens that the gods are at fault.
“The fault… is not in the stars… but in ourselves.” There is plenty of blame to go around for the situation we find ourselves in today.
The time is at hand for us to accept that it will be months, not weeks before there will be return to some normalcy.
Meantime, children will be home schooled; those of us that can, will work from home, all of us will become somewhat disconnected from friends and family, money problems will challenge many, and our focus will be on basics…food, water, health and safety, shelter.
Hopefully many will take the opportunity to look inward and readjust and improve the things they should value. New sneakers or clothes and that new car will become less and less important. A new set of real values can replace the old. That will change many aspects of 21st Century living.
And those changes will require us to adjust to the new normal of the day.
Accept it or not, I believe that we are now returning to the values of a simpler time…like it or not, depending on your point-of-view.
You can embrace change, work with it and yourself or continue to howl at the moon in anger and frustration…which believe me is pointless.
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back to living. Get on the phone to your friends and neighbors…help them adjust…offer your counsel…your comfort…seek the humanity in all…and live your life according to the new rules.
Get on Facebook or other social media with good news, humor, stories… not ranting at the whomever or whatever. Connect and stay connected.
We can get through this by helping each other. See who might need a call on your block…maybe you can pick up some needed food for them the next time you go to the store.
If you don’t have it in your heart to reach out now…then when?
Acts of kindness are for now!
In this all please don’t lose your faith…it is a time for prayer. For God is there, always listening.