Anything is possible
This weekend I have been reflecting on the way positivity impacts us on a daily basis. In speaking with other business owners, it is clear that this COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll. My heart goes out to those business owners particularly in the food and beverage industry, running coffee shops and restaurants. These businesses have been hit hard and for the business owners who are left trying to manage the day to day, it can wear you down. Not only are you managing your own expectations but you are also left managing the expectations of your staff and their families. I hope with the easing of restrictions that these businesses can rebuild their brands and get back to what they do well in looking after their customers.
I am not saying that simply having a positive attitude can change this. Each day is still difficult. In time, as restrictions ease even further and as businesses are allowed to look after more and more customers, I am confident that things will return to normal or at least a new normal. It doesn’t make the day to day any easier though.
I have always maintained a positive outlook regardless and come from an ethos where anything is possible. I am reminded of a book that I read and listened to earlier in the year – The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander from 2000. It is a book of practices geared towards causing a total shift of posture, perceptions, beliefs and thought processes to live in a world of possibility. If you get the opportunity I would highly recommend the Audible book because Benjamin Zander is also a conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and in the Audible book in addition to the words are beautiful pieces of music. It is an uplifting experience.
While living in a world of possibility is not always open to everyone, I do believe that we can look at the world through the lens of what we can control and what we can’t control. We can’t control the actions of others, we can’t control the motives of others and we can’t predict what will happen. What we can control is our attitude, the personal things that we do in our own homes, our decisions not to watch the news or to limit social media. I think these steps will go a long way to helping us all get through the next few weeks and months.