The coronavirus came out of nowhere.
Now we see a lot of disruptions in our lives with the spread of this new disease.
I see a ray of hope as many people are doing what they can to prevent coronavirus from becoming more serious.
I’m thankful to all the public health professionals serving us and guiding us on ways to stop the spread of the disease.
When it comes to this new challenge, I’m sure an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of the cure.
We’re now in the midst of the longest economic expansion in history.
The economy has been growing for more than ten years now.
What goes up must come down.
At some point, we’ll experience a downturn in the economy.
When the downturn comes, the prudent person will be ready for the downturn.
Thousands of years ago, the Pharo of Egypt had two dreams.
In the first dream, seven healthy cows came out of the Nile river. Then seven starving cows came out of the Nile River and consumed the seven healthy cows.
In the second dream, seven healthy ears of grain grew on a stalk. Then seven thin ears of grain swallowed the seven healthy ears of grain.
Pharaoh knew these dreams were significant but couldn’t interpret those dreams.
Pharaoh asked all of his advisors what the dreams meant, but none could interpret the dreams.
Finally, a young man named Joseph shared the dream’s interpretation with the Pharaoh.
The dreams signified seven years of plenty and seven years of famine.
After interpreting the dreams, Joseph advised Pharaoh that during the years of abundance, he should store up as much grain as possible to prepare for the years of extreme famine that would be coming.
Pharaoh heeded Joseph’s advice and prepared Egypt for the challenging times of the famine.
We, too, should heed the advice Joseph gave us thousands of years ago.
History repeats itself, and we should learn the lessons from our ancestors.
George Santayana said, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”
We live in a world built upon cycles.
We have the life cycle – birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, maturity, and death.
We have an economic cycle – expansion, peak, recession, trough.
There is the season cycle – winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Despite the existence of these cycles, we humans somehow think that this time things will be different.
I hope that our public health professionals contain the coronavirus swiftly.
Many people are already affected by the disruptions that the coronavirus has caused.
In my neck of the woods, March Madness is now March Sadness.
So many people that relish the tournament brackets of the NCAA basketball championships now will have to find another way to get their gambling fix.
I’ve heard rumors that the tax deadline of April 15th may get moved to a later date this year.
Don’t hold your breath until it’s official news on the IRS’s website.
While the coronavirus now disrupts our lives, there is nothing new about the coronavirus.
We experience disruptions continually.
Some disruptions are more severe and impactful than others.
We have natural disasters –floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, and storms.
We have life events.
A loved one gets an incurable disease.
A loved one dies
We get sick
A marriage ends.
We have setbacks.
We fail a test.
We pour our hearts into a project, and it fails.
We invest money into something and lose it all.
We get fired from our jobs.
We experience heartbreak and despair.
Yet we don’t need to personalize those experiences.
Some people go through an event that they had no hand in playing.
The tornado rips through their community, and they lose all their earthly possessions.
They have to rebuild their lives.
They could take three approaches.
They could be transformed into tornado victims.
They could be transformed into tornado survivors.
The could be transformed into tornado thrivers.
The tornado and its aftermath debilitate the tornado victim.
The tornado victim’s life changes forever by the tornado, and they move into a life limited by the tornado.
The tornado survivor goes through the setback of the tornado.
Once tornado survivor rebuilds their life from the disaster, life returns to what it was before the tornado.
The tornado thriver uses the tornado as a catalyst event.
The tornado thriver becomes the phoenix that rises from the ashes.
The tornado thriver becomes a new person that looks back at the tornado with mixed emotions.
There are the emotions of pain they had during the tough times of the tornado.
Then there are the emotions of pride, fulfillment, and joy at what the tornado represents.
The tornado survivor used that event to slough off the chains of confinement that limited growth.
The tornado survivor saw a chance for a fresh start.
Then the tornado survivor built a better life from a tragic event.
Then with the perspective of time, the tornado thriver utters a simple phrase.
“As tough as it was in the moment, the tornado was the best thing that happened in my life.”
Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.
When we have those defining moments in our lives, what will our choice be?
Will we be a victim?
Will we be a survivor?
Will we be a thriver?
We won’t always choose to be a thriver.
We won’t always choose to be a survivor.
We won’t always choose to be a thriver.
Look back at those tough moments in your life and learn from your own history.
When you were a victim, what did you do, what did you say, what did life become?
When you were a survivor, what did you do, what did you say, what did life become?
When you were a thriver, what did you do, what did you say, what did life become?
Now use that knowledge and chart a better path the next time life throws a curveball at you.
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