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073: Reflective: Uncertain Times

This week’s reflective episode is about reflecting on the uncertain times that we find ourselves currently in.

Transcript

Hello and welcome to this weekly mini-episode of The Curious Coach Podcast.  This week’s reflective episode is about reflecting on the uncertain times that we find ourselves currently in.  At the time of recording, the covid-19 pandemic seems to be sweeping the globe.  There is a lot of fear and uncertainly.  Concern for those we care about; concern for those who have fallen ill and compassion for those families who have already suffered the loss of a loved one to this virus.

In some ways, we’re also being bombarded with more information than ever before:  24 hour news channels;  the wealth of information available on the internet; a breath-taking dissemination of news from around the world; all available any time and all the time.

We hear how different countries are handling the situation.  We hear about rising death tolls, infection rates and talk about how our societies will never be the same again. In some ways, our access to information is unprecedented.  And at the same time, all this information, can very easily lead to fear.    As human beings, we crave certainty, predictability, and I think its fair to say we’re currently far away from each of these.

Depending on your circumstances, you might be wondering such diverse challenges such as whether you’ll be able to go on holiday to whether you’ll have a pay check at the end of the week. It’s fair to say everyone will ultimately be affected in someway or other by this pandemic.

However, it’s also times like this when we hopefully discover not only how resilient we are but also how we compassionate we can be.  We will adapt and overcome this.  We will rally around to help those in need, care for our neighbours, care for those most at risk and care for ourselves.  As Viktor Frankl wrote, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”.  Viktor Frankl survived horrors much worse than we face today.  And his words are great reminder than each and every one of us has a choice.  We can give in to our fears, or we can choose to be resilient, compassionate and caring.  So what choice will you make?  Aside from following the local advice that’s there to keep us all as safe as possible, how can you choose a different response other than fear or anger?  If you were to choose compassion, how can you show this? And to whom?  How can you do your bit to help your family, your neighbours, or your friends, get through this crisis both physically and mentally strong?  How will you look after yourself and your own well-being?

So that’s my challenge for you this week. Look inside yourself and choose to leverage your resilience, compassion and inner strength.  Look after your physical health but also your mental wellbeing.  As always, if you’d like to get in touch and share what you noticed, please don’t hesitate to send me an email to stephen@stephenclements.ie and that’s stephen with a p.h.  Full details of this and all the other episodes can be found on my website at stephenclements.ie/podcast

Thanks for listening and until next time, don’t forget - stay curious!