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.