A problem is an opportunity, often very poorly presented.
As I was lying in bed this morning, listening to the rain and indulging in perhaps the most relaxation I’ve experienced in ions, I decided to ward off guilt and fear by thinking creatively. And I am sure everyone would agree that right now presents the best of times in which to think creatively!
Many of us are worried about COVID-19 wiping out Life as we once knew it, our incomes have been eliminated or drastically reduced and, of course, these two worries swirl around other problems we may have, such as the illness or loss of a loved one. If I were to say aloud, “This all feels like TOO MUCH,” I’m sure voices would raise in unison. And nobody would be wrong!
For some of us, it has really been tough to get out of bed in the morning and face a repetition of problems that won’t be going away any time soon. Let’s take one we can all relate to: INCOME.
We need it and we need it NOW. Forget about the “promises” of individual bailouts. They haven’t happened yet, and we can’t afford to wait. No one is begging to hire us, either. In fact, competition for the jobs that ARE posted is fierce and that is if, in fact, they really ARE jobs. (Some companies use job boards as “market research”—they fish the waters in order to gain a sense of at what’s out there with no real job opening to fill.)
This nasty world crisis comes with a whole new set of opportunities,
if we’ll only view it this way.
Okay! We have to get outside of ourselves and the boxes we’ve put ourselves in, due to habitually defining ourselves as our current occupations. So, instead of thinking about “what we do,” we need to think about what we CAN do. How can we be of service? Who needs our help the most? Who would pay us for that help? Assuming we’re healthy and in good physical condition, there are plenty of answers!
Here’s what I came up with:
• Help clean/disinfect stores and buildings where essential business is being conducted
• Help stock shelves with newly shipped products
• Help create signs and Social Distancing markers (for the artistic amongst us)
• Shop for the elderly and deliver their food, household goods and prescriptions
• Become a “first responder” for medical offices, making or (more likely) rescheduling appointments, answering phones and ushering in patients
• Provide great customer service via phone or computer “chat” from your home
• Help process claims for your local unemployment office, which is being besieged by new ones each day
• For those of us who write well, create copy for business email campaigns, announcements, ads or blogs – everything is online, now more than ever
• And, for those who are graphic designers and/or web developers, help quickly build sites for companies that are now forced to do business that way
• Check with your local post office for sudden openings, pre-empted by a surge in mail delivery services
• Start a class or teach a skill online
• For apartment dwellers, offer to clean up the grounds and “common areas” for something off the rent
While some of these may not be wholly realistic, they’re a start! In fact, with so many opportunities staring at us, there’s no need to be idle or completely unemployed. We can all do something different. We can all reinvent ourselves, just for the time being. That’s what we Human Beings are good at!