Mindset dictates course of action.
“You have power over your mind…not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”—Marcus Aurelius (Emperor/Philosopher).
Unfortunately it took a deadly virus to humble us and remind us of our humanity.
Before Covid-19, humanity was taken for granted…much like expecting to find toilet paper at the store. However, after Covid-19, the topic of humanity now captivates us unlike ever before. Why does it take a devastating event like this to remind us that less is always more?
Stay at home familiarized me more with Marcus Aurelius and his published work in Meditations. Of importance and relevant to this time is Marcus’ mindset of how he accepts that most things in life are unpredictable and outside of his control. Two thousand years later, the words of this sage man serve to heal our struggling community.
The terms “essential” and “non-essential” represent the new norm in policy making. Equally important is the preservation of our mental health that makes it “essential” for you to adopt Marcus’ mindset in order to emerge whole from this historical episode. In other words, instead of hating this situation that you cannot control, convert your pent up negative energy into a healthy proactive mindset that can be applied to things that you can directly control that in turn generate positive results for you, your family, and your business.
Initially, the news about coronavirus produced sheer fear and concern inside of me (it still does). However, I immediately realized that weak negative mindset would hinder me rather than help me to protect my family and business. Therefore, at home we educated ourselves on all the safety measures recommended to mitigate the spread of this virus, while at the office we have become a source of legal information to our clients and community.
What I tell me family, friends, and clients:
Focus on what you can control and let your faith handle the other stuff.
Be safe. Many blessings.
Edgar J. Guzman