There is an ancient, some say Chinese, proverb… “May you live in interesting times”
Well, here we are…living in probably unprecedented times. People talk about other global catastrophes like the Bubonic plague, Smallpox etc. These were by all standards catastrophes; however, we stand on the precipice of a far larger, far more dangerous and far reaching catastrophe right now.
The main difference being that we live in a global village. Up until now, travel between continents and countries has been easy and we have had more access to the global community than ever before.
As a result of the above, the virus, known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is able to access more people than any other ever before. At least in the 21st century…
Truly interesting and frightening times.
At this point another saying comes to mind…
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”
Right now, we as individuals have very little control over outside influences. What we can control is the positive effects of our own actions.
We can choose to follow guidelines relating to hygiene, sanitizing, social distancing, avoiding contact with the elderly, all in response to this terrible pandemic.We can also take another step forward with a little technique called reflection. Take a breath and reflect on how we have been conducting ourselves in our personal and professional lives.
The economic effect of this virus will be dire and have an effect on all industries and all walks of life.
What can we do to save our own businesses, the businesses we work in, the businesses that employ us to try to soften the blow?
Now is the time to work harder than ever before, pay more attention to detail than ever before, follow up and check in on client’s more than ever before, even if it is only to say…
“Hello, how are you? Is there anything I can do for you?”.
Every deal counts more than ever before, every point of contact counts more than ever before, every little bit of effort counts more than ever before.
This is within our control and capabilities. This can be done now; the time is NOW.
Should we get to the stage where the business is temporarily closed to safeguard the health of the people who make up the lifeblood of the company, the work doesn’t stop.
Even if the company you are employed in is still open. Look to your community and see how you can help.
Can you do shopping for the elderly or a family who are infected and are in quarantine or isolation?
Can you call a family member or friend who is sick and brighten their day?
Ask yourself…”What can I do to make the crazy world we are experiencing a better place?”.
To carry on with the style of this note I would like to quote the Foo Fighters…
“It’s times like these you learn to live again, It’s times like these you give and give again, It’s times like these you learn to love again, It’s times like these time and time again”
Now is the time for you to set an example for your family, your friends, your community, your associates, your industry and your country.
You have the power.