Last month I shared some thoughts about resiliency. I described what I thought were characteristics of resilient people. Here they are once again.
How Resilient People Act by Rob Pasick
- Resilient people carefully decide what they can control and what they can’t.
- Resilient people know there are always other solutions and they find ways to improvise and stay flexible.
- Resilient people recognize their fear, but do what they have to do anyway.
- Resilient people are realistically optimistic but stay grounded in reality.
- Resilient people find a team to support them.
- Resilient people cast off those who are negative about their ability to persevere.
- Resilient people focus on creating a new future rather than trying to replicate the past.
Today, I want to add to this list and talk about what resilient people seem to be doing during this crisis:
- Resilient people are trying to find the best knowledge they can about the situation and act accordingly.
- Resilient people do not respond to rumors, but rely on hard-core proven facts to make their decisions.
- Resilient people recognize that this is going to be a chaotic situation and that they’re going to have to make decisions with the rules changing moment by moment. This uncertainty will not block them from action because they know that they have to make some decisions, even if they’re proven wrong in the long run.
- Resilient people face the brutal facts and act accordingly.
- Even though they are facing the brutal facts they are looking ahead to think about how their decisions today will play out in the future, after the crisis has resolved.
- Resilient people know that even though things are terrible, there are opportunities for them to come out of the situation positively.
And then there is a whole other category, the brave people:
First and foremost, among the brave are the healthcare workers who take care of those who are affected by the virus. They risk their own health and well-being to take care of others. They risk exposure to the virus even though many of them do not have adequate equipment. These are the people to whom we must be most indebted.
Today, it is important for us to support all of those who are serving us. The doctors, nurses, and everyone else who works at the healthcare centers. The police, fire, and EMS workers who risk their lives to transport the sick and protect us.
In addition, we have to thank the clerks who stock our stores, the delivery people who bring us our packages, and all the others who serve us so bravely.
Those of us who are fortunate to be able to shelter at home, need to remember to thank and honor those who enable us to be able to survive during these dangerous times. We need to honor those who will risk their own lives to treat us and our families, if we should ever be affected by the virus.