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Silver Linings - The Howes Group Blog

Well, four months into this ‘new normal’ and it is fascinating to hear how those of us in the hospitality industry have similar stories in that we are all on a ‘loss and grief’ journey with a light flickering with optimism. The flame has not been totally extinguished.  

Just like the journey of success, the trajectory of grief is not linear – at all. It is messy and difficult. And according to psychologists, just what we need to grow. Great – thanks!

My interpretations of the stages of the COVID-19 situation:

  • Denial – Canada is safe and has a low chance of the infection spreading.
  • Anger – How the HELL did this start and WHO dropped the ball?
  • Depression – Do you think Dill Pickle Chips goes better with Aero or Caramilk bars?  
  • Negotiation – Ok so 2020 is a bust however we will have 2021 to recover.
  • Acceptance – OK so 2020 is a total bust and there will be no ‘normal’ for a very long time.

It is my sincere hope that you are starting to find some silver linings in this global mess. 

Here are a few of mine to help start you off with your list:

  • Have more time to read and think
  • Able to spend quality time with my husband and dogs and cooking every night together
  • Dig myself out of the mess with creative projects (Daily recording with my mom)
  • Crossed off some household ‘to do’ list items!
  • Become more comfortable with video meetings 
  • Come to enjoy the less ‘crazy’ schedule

Hope you are able to create your own ever-growing list of ‘silver linings’. As ‘they’ say, our reaction to what we can’t change – is what we can control. If you’re looking for me, I will be counting blessings and looking for the light.   

Timely yours, 

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