As the coronavirus spreads in the United States, so does the suspension of organized activities. Basketball tournaments, Rodeo, even my Veteran Christian Lunches are on hold until further notice. It doesn’t just stop there, because people are losing their jobs. I’m not a person of power, but I wanted to reflect on my response during the upheaval and how I can be a part of the solution.
I feel a temptation to make fun of people hoarding the toilet paper, but the fact of the matter is that I know where this feeling originates. When I saw a full grocery store parking lot, I asked my wife to take a detour to stock up on my favorite items. I worried about how my breakfast would look like without my favorite eggs. In short, my desire to control took over.
It’s also easy to get upset. For example, The Love Driven Man was selling very well until the virus picked up. Even this morning, I felt anger at releasing a book at the outbreak of a national emergency. How can I spread the positive message of The Love Driven Man when my promotional events keep getting canceled?
When we face setbacks, the desire to control tries to flood our nervous system, it may be buying out the toilet paper, or making fun of people that do. In my case, I want to buy out all the eggs I can get my hands on and insist that group gatherings below 40 should keep going. However, as The Love Driven Man, I know that I must be a part of the solution. I want people to think of me as someone that they can count on when going gets tough.
What am I doing other than getting used to having breakfast without eggs? I do my best to find creative solutions. For example, we are going to do a Facebook Live for the Veteran Christian lunch. I also do my best to look for blessings. If I can find ways to be a positive influence in difficult times, how much more will I grow in my ability to inspire during regular times?
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