I was sorting through old family papers and I came upon part of a letter my Dad had written to someone.
One line stood out: “I have learned that in any terrible situation, there are always opportunities to be found.”
This sentence has stuck with me through some truly terrifying times in my life. It starts by reminding me that there is always something possible even in the face of disaster.
We have seen over the last weeks how completely creative we are as a culture. We have seen love, kindness, and generosity through the sharing of everything from exercise to opera.
What is getting you through? Take a minute to think about what you are savoring now.
I am enjoying the time to sleep in a bit, to use our food wisely and creatively, to try new recipes, to call at least two people per day to check-in, to talk with my kids, friends, cousins- but also clients, former clients, and business friends.
After I make these calls I always feel energized, happy, inspired sometimes, but always glad I reached out.
It’s easy to stay tight within your circle of people who you are close to but little more challenging to think about who else might benefit from a call.
If you want to understand the difference you can make, call someone you don’t know as well and tell them you were thinking about them.
See what happens. You might be lucky enough to experience that reaching out helps others feel visible and connected.