Each day we construct our personal narrative based on our unique perspective of the world and our place within it.
Our personal narrative holds power. It guides us each day in our thoughts and actions. Although our personal narrative is built on past experiences, it is easy to project into the future, into the unknown, and to construct our present narrative based on what we think will happen in the future.
In times of distress, it is easy to get so caught up in our own personal narrative that we fail to see that other people around us are fighting their own battles and hardship.
The COVID-19 crisis is now deeply entrenched in our collective psyche. It impacts each of us to varying degrees. When we can remove ourselves from our own personal narrative and focus attention on the collective anxiety and stress that many people are experiencing, it can help us to develop a greater sense of compassion and awareness.
There’s safety in numbers and in connecting with others. Although we may not be able to connect with others face-to-face, we can access digital connection to build the mutual support that we all need to move forward.
As we develop a deeper understanding that we are not the only ones going through hardship, we can ease the personal stress and anxiety we may be experiencing in this moment and time.
When we feel a collective part of this human experience, we can connect more deeply with self and others and better sit with the uncertainty, stress and anxiety that we’ve all been forced to deal with.
Over the next few days, if stress and anxiety creep in, take a moment to be still and try to place your attention not only on our own feelings but to project compassion and empathy to those who are going through the same thing.
Thanks for reading.
Neila Steele & Andy Vasily