(I had forgotten I had this old account with WordPress, so this is the new home of the Health Bulletin. I’m also open to any and all name suggestions as we move ahead).
Recently, I have read on social media or on blogs about people feeling stuck — not just at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also in jobs that do not provide fulfillment or with a future they do not feel fits them.
There is very little we can do about the shelter-in-place/stay-at-home/social distancing protocols that have been put in place. These are things that are out of our control. What is inside of our control, however, is what you do with this time.
Shakespeare likely wrote some of his greatest plays during the plague from 1602-1606, while Isaac Newton did some of his best work while quarantined during the 1665 London plague, Nelson Mandela said he came to see the true aspects of leadership (‘“honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, generosity”) and learned to look inward to find peace within himself and forgive those who oppressed him while in prison for 27 years, while Malcolm X educated himself in prison.
With technology and innovation, we do not face as many obstacles as we once did. Learning to overcome hardship is a skill, and an important one at that. Obstacles push us out of our comfort zone and try new things or look at things in a new way, obstacles help us learn, obstacles can help us change direction in life, obstacles challenge us to do better or challenge what we believe, and obstacles can build determination. More and more, obstacles have been removed from our lives, so finding obstacles to challenge us is important: try a Spartan Race (once we are allowed to race again) or build your own obstacle course, learn an instrument, learn a language, learn about Stoicism, start a gratitude journal, begin a meditation/mindfulness practice, start a garden, or just read!
Also, don’t feel pressure that you have to do these things all the time. These should be a relief from the stress we are all facing, not an added stress. Just find something that helps you relax and can help you become a better you during this time. Remember, you cannot control what has happened, but you certainly can control how you respond.
What I’m Reading: Just finished Mary Tillman’s Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman, a heart-wrenching tribute to not only the integrity and character of Pat Tillman (one of my heroes), but also his family. It also demonstrates the depths to which the government will sink to deceive. I just started Scotty by Ken Dryden, which explores the hockey mind of one of the sport’s greatest coaches, Scotty Bowman.
Podcast I Loved: Dr. Mark Hyman’s The Doctor’s Farmacy, specifically episode 107 from April 27 with Jill Shah of the My Way Cafe on improving the quality of foods in school lunches and episode 111 from May 11 with Dr. Steven Gordon, the chairman of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, regarding the future with Covid-19.
Please let me know if you try anything, or find anything helpful!