When a crisis becomes an opportunity….
14 May 2021
If you heard Bill Gates talking when Covid started to get attention, you would have heard him predict a two-year cycle for this pandemic. My partner and I happened to hear this. Whatever I think of Gates and his agenda, I did some research of my own on viruses and the nature of pandemics and decided he was possibly right.
So we planned for a two-year cycle and it definitely helped me avoid the hope/hopeless cycle so many people faced when assuming it was short-term.
One thing i did with the limitations imposed on me, was dedicate a lot of time for reflection. it’s is entirely up to each of us; life could go on ‘as usual’ but for me, as a therapist, I choose an opportunity to re-assess, re-align and do some personal spring-cleaning.
The major spring-cleaning I did, was to limit social media because I decided it gave me a false sense of friendship and connection. The people who text me, call me or post me something are the people who have me on their mind. It’s left me with less ‘friends’, but those left, I’m putting more energy and time into. For example having their birthdays, kids birthdays and major events in my diary so I can send them a good luck text or check how it went.
I also limited News; to be honest that started before Covid (after 12 years as a TV News Reporter, i’ve had my fair share of news!) but I have limited it further because it gives me a false sense of control (knowing what’s going on) an alarming sense of no control (I have no way of changing it) and a sense of fear (rarely is news other than something that sets off my fight/flight or freeze response)
I have also committed to consuming less when the world opens up. Where something was made, what resources that took and how much I really need it (rather than fancy it) are now on my radar. The system we are in that destroys the earth, is only maintained with rabid consumption. I’m not willing to be part of that and this year of skeletal structure, revealed how little we need. Simple commitments for me are buying second-hand clothes, toys, items and then only if I really need something, buying it new.
We turned vegan this year which was directly down to watching game-changer! I’d been veering that way for years but it was the final push. If you care about yourself, the planet and you care about animals then vegan becomes your only option. I thought it would be impossible in France, but it isn’t. Like all change, it’s hard at first and gets easier. For me, it was easy once I found out I could eat oreos, crisps and mint chocolate in vast quantities!
You might be inspired by some of my changes or have ideas of your own – but I do think there is an opportunity here to shake things up, throw things out and go back into ‘normal’ life as if it’s a fresh start. Of course, the beauty about personal choice, is you don’t have to do any of that either! It’s all up to you!
To find out how I can support or help you with change do contact me for a free consultation and let’s chat!