Leadership in Difficult Times.

Boradwalk to brighter TImes
Boardwalk to brighter Times

Is there Upside of the Pandemic? Sure! If we want to lead in difficult times it is our responsibility to also look at the good and the light at the end of the tunnel. Here are some sparks.

Everyone has been affected by the traumatizing effects of COVID-19 to a variable extent. We, by default, are more likely to focus on the negative aspects of a situation. Take coronavirus pandemic, for example, when was the last time we appreciated any positive change owing to the corona times? Yes, you heard it right. There has been an upside of this COVID pandemic which we have neatly overlooked in view of the tough times we have been under. Let’s recall what good the coronavirus pandemic carries with it.

If we take a broad perspective of this challenging time, we can see that a lot has been changed since coronavirus has surfaced. These constantly varying and uncertain circumstances have taught us many things. The greatest of them is a sense of courage to fight through anything. Despite being locked up, we have learned how to carry on as close to normal as possible. We have learned to face and adapt to the growing challenges in a much better way than when it all started.

“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never be dimmed.” – Doe Zantamata

Staying at home all the time has allowed us the opportunity to practice self-discipline by managing our tasks in a scheduled manner. Also, it has taught us how to overcome temptations and prioritize our health and wellbeing. It has provided us time so we can connect to ourselves, time to reflect on our ideas, patterns of thoughts, and actions which is an essential part of growth.

Coronavirus pandemic has taught us great lessons of gratitude. Shouldn’t we be grateful since we have survived the physical and psychological effects of this deadly virus? It has taught us how to appreciate little things, little moments of joy, and the beauty of nature that go unnoticed in the daily hustle and bustle. Also, this pandemic has made us learn the importance of saving to deal with financial instability and uncertainty.

Among so many other things, the quarantine has made us realize the importance of family and the connection with loved ones. We have learned how important it is to regularly connect to our parents and grandparents or grandkids, not only because they need us but also because we need them too. These hard times have told us that life has simple necessities and basic values that one has to follow to spend a meaningful life. It is just we make it complex by bearing unnecessary burdens. It is the family bonding and support from our loved ones that have served as the major tool to help us keep going in this adversity, nothing has been more important than that.

Also, not to deny the positive environmental effects seen as a result of the reduced human activities in this pandemic lockdown. The considerable reduction in air pollution and water pollution has cleaned and refreshed the whole chain of ecosystem including wildlife.

In conclusion, it can be said that every hardship carries with it great lessons of strength, and commitment to carry on. Likewise, the COVID pandemic has brought us many things that we can be grateful for if we think with a positive mindset. As Napoleon Hill says, “Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carry with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.”