Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.
Our devotion to our values gets tested in the face of a true crisis. But it’s also an opportunity to reconnect, recommit, and sometimes, bake some bread.
The recent outbreak of the coronavirus is impacting people all over the world — not just in terms of physical health, but financially, emotionally, and even socially.
As we struggle to adapt to our new circumstances, it can be tempting to bury our head and wait for it all to blow over so we can just get back to normal.
Or we can see this as an incredible opportunity to figure out who we are.
What many of us are discovering right now is that the things we valued a few months ago don’t actually matter: our cars, the titles on our business cards, our privileged neighborhoods.
Rather, what is coming to the forefront is a shift to figuring out what we find intrinsically rewarding
When everything is easy, it can seem like you have life figured out. When things change and you’re called to put it into practice, it’s a different level.
It’s one thing to say you are stoic when your coffee spills and another entirely when you’re watching your community collapse.
When life changes and gets hard, you realize you’ve never had to put into practice what you thought you knew about coping with disaster.
But when a crisis hits, everything is put to the real test.
The challenge then becomes wrapping our struggles into our values, because what we value only has meaning if it’s important when life is hard. T
o know if they have worth, your values need to help you move forward when you can barely crawl and the obstacles in your way seem insurmountable.
In the face of a crisis, what is important to us becomes evident when we give ourselves the space to reflect on what is going to get us through the hard times.
And so we find renewed commitment to get back to core priorities.
What seemed important before falls apart to reveal what really matters: family, love, community, health.
*Featured post image by Baylee Gramling on Unsplash