Hello Friend

How are you? No, really, how are you?

Me, personally, one moment I’m doing well, the next I’m deeply worried. About the health of people I love. About the financial concerns with many of our small businesses struggling and even about the TP shortage. Who would have ever thought we’d have that to worry about?

For the last 2 weeks I’ve had a Word document open on my computer to write an email. As you know I usually send out the monthly newsletter the first couple of days of the month. This month, however, has been a struggle to find the focus I need and the message I want to share.

There is no doubt that life as we knew it a few months ago is different today.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve had many in our industry reach out to ask me what to do for their transaction coordinator business. How I thought this compared to the 2008 market crash, or the savings and loan crisis of the late 80’s. In each and every conversation I say “this is nothing like what we have seen in the past.” Which I then follow-up with my belief that the best thing any of us can do now is to just let people know we care. Personally, I think our world needs more of that than marketing at all times, but especially now.

I don’t think that at this time we need to be dialing up the marketing or trying out a new ad campaign  – I think we just need to let the people we work with, or those we’d love to work with, know that we care. Not about their business, but we actually care about them. Call me old fashioned, but isn’t that what we all really want, is to know that we are valued? And aren’t we most likely to do business when we’re ready with people we know, like, and trust?

 

 

In all my team and private coaching calls over the last few weeks, the focus has been on daily life in the great mystery we’re currently in at the moment. All the changes and challenges bring up fear in those I’ve chatted with. Fear of the unknown around health, financial struggle, balancing kids’ school, and work. I’ve also heard a lot from people who are deeply concerned that a family member is in a business that is essential, and they are required to report to work as usual.

Often my coaching calls are about business, either planning, strategizing, or solving a problem – perhaps even removing a limiting belief obstacle so they can move forward on a goal. And yet, in all the recent ones, it’s been exclusively about their concerns and fears – rightfully so, I may add. This isn’t life as usual; this is something none of us personally could have predicted, planned differently for, or even change. 

My advice to all of those I’ve spoken with has been to accept how they are feeling. Not to try to hide it. Not to dismiss it with the “well, it could be so much worse” thinking. And not to ignore those feelings either.  Collectively we are going through something that none of us have been through before. It’s hard, it feels scary and we do not know when we’ll go back to “life as usual”. No wonder we are anxious and fearful. While we can work through that with the help of a therapist, trusted friend or even on our own with tools, what we can’t do is shame ourselves for feeling this way. 

In the link below you’ll find an article I’ve also shared on coping with the corona virus anxiety. If you haven’t read that one, I highly recommend it.

Harvard article on coping with corona virus anxiety.

 

Something to think about – “If you’re staying inside, practicing social distancing and cleaning yourself frequently, congratulations, you’re now basically a house cat.” Pia, our office manager.

My newest book Glitter, Duct Tape, and Magic  is available on Amazon in Kindle format. If you haven’t gotten your copy – here’s the link to check it out.

 

Here’s an article from Healthline I found helpful about anticipatory grief during the covid-19 outbreak

Be an opportunity maker – TED Talk by Kare Anderson

WARNING – you may need a Kleenex or three for this one – Thank U Frontline

Want to help save the earth? This is an app that can help curb the piles of junk mail you receive. It’s called PaperKarma – more details here. 

My Corona Home – (“Kokomo” Parody Song)

A little sing along is good for the soul – Check out Neil Diamond’s updated version of “Sweet Caroline” in corona virus  PSA 

Hello (from the Inside) An Adele Parody by Chris Mann

I came across this poem in a book titled “A Hopi Elder Speaks – Now is the Hour”.  Then wanting to know more I found this video on YouTube. The words are simple and moving. The music along with it is mesmerizing. I’ve watched it more than a few times.

One day, soon, this section will have some news. I’ll be traveling, and you will too. We’ll meet up at an event, hopefully hug and talk about how we got through this. We’ll share all the things we’ve learned, the many things we’re loving about life after the pandemic and the exciting things we’re doing. Until then, I’ll be here in my home office, just like you. Reach out if I can help you in anyway by replying to this email. I read and respond to them all.

 Wishing you and your family health and happiness. Thank you for being a part of the community

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