Finding Purpose During A Crisis
I felt as though I was falling without a chute. I was very excited to take my first flight to a destination that has always been on my wish list. New Orleans. I wasn't going to party on Fat Tuesday, although I want to do that. I was going to exhibit and talk about my book, meet new people, hear stories, take photos, and collect lifetime memories.
All plans were cancelled with one email two weeks before the event due to the Corvid-19 pandemic. I was a bit disappointed at first, but then came to realize that it was not the end of the world. I would have many other opportunities in the future and have already started working on future plans.
"Survival is a five letter word - faith."
Fortunately, I am still able to go to work. Speaking at events is not a part of my income...yet. But for many people who no longer have a job, they are worried about the future, how they are going to pay bills, when will they receive their stimulus, the list goes on. All of these feeling are valid as the future at the moment is unsure. Just remember, this all will pass.
"It is not the strongest of our species that survive, nor the intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change". Charles Darwin
As we wait to see what pans out, it is important to reflect on things that you can control. Having control gives us a sense of confidence and that confidence helps to put us at ease. Finding our purpose during this crisis is one way to gain a sense of control.
"The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for". Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Realize that your purpose may not be what it use to be - Ask yourself, was what you were doing before the pandemic your true purpose? Did it align with the life you saw for yourself or for the life others saw for you? As soon as you realize the difference, the powerful your purpose becomes. Those with purpose have a better focus and can contribute more to where they are in life and not on the where they have been.
See your purpose in this crisis by crafting a purposeful mindset - During the quarantine, have you done anything to help others in addition to helping yourself? This is the hot question at the moment. Realize this, extraordinary people do ordinary things with an extraordinary purpose. Remember to constantly ask yourself one very important question: 'Is what I am going to do today have a positive affect on others?'
Redefine your success - It was easy to rant and vent if you were one of the many who were out of a job due to the virus. Not knowing what your future will look like can make anyone angry especially if you are the sole bread earner in your home. This is even more difficult if you have children. When you wake each morning, go throughout your day, and before you go to be, keep one thing in mind, there are people who need you, look up to you, love you. Being there for them is your purpose.
"The real joy in life comes from finding your true purpose and aligning it with what you do every single day". - Tony Robbins