What if Covid-19 is merely the beginning of a global process of profound change?
One of the most common human fears is that of change. Yes, we are generally okay with change as long as we are in control of when and how much. Most people enjoy ongoing moderate changes in most areas of their lives.
However, when we are not in control of the change and it is happening quickly, that is a whole different story. Then, our brain shifts into high alert because we are moving in unknown territory. Even when the change is beneficial and positive, it can evoke feelings of unease. And, even when our current situation is far from optimal and sustainable, we may want to hold tight to what we know rather than risk opening to new possibilities.
Regardless of what we think we want or don’t want, change is here, and much more is on the way. As a result, it seems quite apparent that psychological (and biological) resistance to the new world we are living in or will be living in will be a ubiquitous feature of the times ahead.
There are many unhealthy ways to respond to this challenge. You are probably quite familiar with your own greatest hits. Fortunately, there are also very empowering and liberating ways to respond to significant and fast changes. I trust you know the difference between an attitude to change that generates more stress and unhappiness, and one that empowers you to face what you must, feel what you must, release what you must, and do what you must.
If this speaks to you, I encourage you to take some time to clarify your intent. How do you want to view the changes that are happening? How do you want to respond in the face of them?
We are so much stronger than we know.
We can do hard things.