Cream rises to the top. These trying times are an opportunity to rise and be our best self, with an important caveat. We are not aiming for perfection, imbibing far too much chocolate and a few crying jags are expected and fine of course.
When we’re able, let’s lead with integrity, compassion and comfort, in order to create connection out of isolation and to bridge chasms of difference and despair.
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton
Let’s look for opportunities to lead in this chaotic uncertainty
I’m deliberately looking for ways to be of service and one of the best ways I can do that is through offering support, perspective and innovation in my offerings. Specifically, giving you resources for these shaky times so your foundation feels a little firmer. So you can continue to serve in the best way you know how.
You know I always end my blog post with: ‘Now go on and learn, laugh and lead.” I am doing a three-part series focused exclusively on those things.
Ready? Here we go.
1. Resources to help you learn
- Resources to expand your perspective, gain some footing in uncertain times, feel some sense of control and agency.
2. Resources to help you laugh
- Things to exercise your funny bone, take a breath and giggle.
And this week….
3. Resources to help you lead
Specifically resources to help you reach out to your community and connect, to bridge and create belonging. Because we all work better when we work together.
Lead with me
By the way, lots of the following resources are possible to use on your own however I encourage you to reach out and use them with:
- A senior citizen who may be particularly isolated
- Kids (yours or others)
- Someone else who could use a lift of spirits
- Storytelling. Stories have long brought people together for fun, for learning and for leadership. Fan the flames of fun and creativity and use this easy peasy tool I created for you to have people to tell a cooperative story. Follow the prompts and once you hit enter you’ll see your cooperative story.
- Play a game together online, like the hangman I’ve made for you.
- Use this interactive ‘blob tree’ to talk about how things are going and how you’re feeling (and see how others are doing, anonymously of course).
- Drop a pin on this Google map and add what you’d like to treat yourself to when social distancing is over. Then scroll over the other pins to see who’s on the map and what their wished-for treats are.
- Record yourself reading a kid’s book and share it with colleagues and/or friends who might be struggling at home with little ones. Here are a few from me.
- Do a crossword puzzle based on my ‘Laughter in the time of Coronavirus” post. Solve it online or download a pdf.
- Use this wonderful outline from an old woman’s point of view for creating a story, describing life post-coronavirus.
- Listen to some music on Spotify. Here’s a playlist I curated to help you relax and one to inspire you.
- Get inspired with creative mornings.
- Make up your own game using Kahoot or play the weekly one they offer up.
- Find, then express your kindness voice via the lovely Jennifer Jines’ Kindagious.
- Find a friend or a colleague to play this simple online corona escape room game.
- Grab a beer and a buddy and play this pub quiz.
- Resources to explore for the artist in you.
- Resources to explore for the naturalist in you.
- Take turns with a group of friends or colleagues and see what the Hubble telescope saw on your birthday.
And there you have it, resources for you and your community. Together we can keep on learning, laughing and leading.
Enjoy dear one. Lead away. And be gentle with yourself, stay well and safe and know I’m thinking of you.
P.S. Let’s stay connected. Free weekly coaching by email on how to use humanity and humour to problem solve, right here.