Crisis Creates Creativity – COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Creativity

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Clearly, I’m not saying something new here that you and I don’t already know. Still, I’m putting pen to paper and putting it out there; the process of navigating your way through the unprecedented number of changes presently occurring in your life has, and will continue to be, a mental and emotional challenge.

But, if there’s one thing you can most definitely count on to be there for you, day to day, during all the many changes that you are presently experiencing in your life, it’s definitely YOU!! YOU are the constant. Yes YOU! YOU are the constant navigating YOUR way through the unprecedented number of changes presently occurring in your daily life.

So, let’s take a moment here together to allow me to send my heartfelt Congratulations to YOU. How impressed I am with you for not only accepting that change is constant everywhere you turn, but the way you are drawing upon your abilities, your skills, your values and your life experiences to manage the speed of change happening all around you is simply magnificent.

Congratulations for staying on track. Trusting your instincts. Being a Leader. Taking action. Defining what really matters. Staying at home. Being a global citizen devoted to family and community. And more, much more!

And for so many of you out there, who, for the very first time are recognizing, exploring and even encouraging THE CREATIVE YOU!…Congratulations! Congratulations for giving yourself permission to, first and foremost, define yourself as being “creative.” And because you did so, Congratulations! You are now accessing your creativity and successfully navigating your way through the unprecedented number of changes presently occurring in your life. Did I say “Congratulations” enough times? lol

Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, was once overheard saying, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”. But Barbara Sher, bestselling author and Career Counselor, was also once overheard saying, “…helping each other is creative and it makes us feel good. We’re just beginning to realize that sharing skills and resources is a deep human pleasure and need, one that’s wired into our survival just as much as hunger…”.

When change is constant, learning must also be constant. Creativity is equally as constant. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to me that so many people, for the very first time, are recognizing, exploring and even encouraging their creative self to step up and play a significant role in everyone’s fight against the COVID-19 virus.

Question: When was the last time you set aside time for a meeting with yourself (NOT ON ZOOM, PLEASE!), with your favorite cup of coffee or tea in hand, and really thought about how you are navigating your way through the unprecedented number of changes presently occurring in your life? And when was the last time you set aside time to truly acknowledge the awesomeness that is YOU? THE CREATIVE YOU!!

Think of THE CREATIVE YOU as your best friend, your ally, someone there helping you to be the best that you can be for you, for your family, for your community during this time of crisis.

How are you coming along on giving full attention and energy to THE CREATIVE YOU? Are you making it happen each day and every day? Every day when you get out of bed are recognizing, exploring and even encouraging your creative self to step up and play a significant role in everyone’s fight against the COVID-19 virus?

Have I challenged your thinking yet?

Are you actually re-thinking your thinking and re-doing your doing?

Send me your stories. Fire off an email to me. Yoda, the most recognized Jedi Knight in the galaxy was once overheard saying, “You must unlearn what you have learned.”

Robert Manolson, BA, CCDP
Certified Career Development Professional
Creator & Facilitator of Powerful Play Experiences, Positive Workplace Mental Health… For Teams

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