By Crystal Elaine Ellison • May 01, 2020•Writers in Residence
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
George Edward Woodberry
It’s undeniable that COVID-19 has forced us all to celebrate, worship, create and work differently. That’s OK, because we have discovered new and creative ways to adapt than we could’ve ever imagined.
We’re having to adapt to many changes and maneuver in a world full of uncertainties. Change and uncertainty can make us feel overwhelmed, stressed and anxious. We may start to develop thoughts in our heads that aren’t positive. Please know that you are not alone. You’d be surprised at how many people are feeling the same way that you’re feeling. For example, at my job, we are split into multiple teams. I’m on the “Money” Green Team. Ok, it’s really called the “Green Team”, I added the money part. Nevertheless, each week we conduct a team meeting via Zoom. One day, I felt a bit overwhelmed becuase I had filed multiple motions all morning. Therefore, instead of joining “Zoom with video”, I joined “Zoom without video” so that I could multitask while still attending the meeting. So here my teammates are, looking at a white outline of what appears to be some sort of animated body – that looks nothing like mine, by the way! All I hear are my co-workers saying, “Crystal, we can’t see you!” “Crystal, we want to see your face.” That’s not the point, the point is, while multitasking, I heard one of my colleagues express her frustration with working during the day and also being a full-time mother of 3 little ones. She wasn't necessarily frustrated with her children, but with the fact that she's now working from home and trying to maintain her household simultaneously. She talked about staying up all night, just to get her required hours in. In other words, she’s exhausted and being stretched thin. Hearing her express the exact concerns and frustrations that I had gave me a sigh of relief that I wasn't alone. Trust me, you are not alone. You’ll only be alone if you give up –because I’m not giving up!
During this pandemic, it's easy to start getting crazy idea's. Besides, a lot of people think the world may be ending. But not so fast, do you remember in my previous blog, when I stated that “you have to find that escape that will keep you going?” Let’s talk about that.
I created another list. This time, my list consists of old ideas and news ideas that I’ve brainstormed during this pandemic. Instead of watching the news for hours on most days, I’ve decided to use that time in more “positive, productive and peaceful” ways. Because quite honestly, watching the news makes me quite upset most days. Especially when I hear things like President Trump suggest being injected with disinfectant as a way to cure patients with COVID-19. Don’t do that. Instead, make a list of things you’d enjoy doing, ideas that will bring more revenue into your household, and or simply things that will make you happy. Here’s a few things on my list:
- Don’t give up
- Write a book or a series of children’s books
- Research and learn how to invest
- Get my Real Estate license
- Exercise more
Keep in mind your list can consist of all things fun! No one said a list had to be serious. It just has to provide that “positive, productive, peaceful” escape that you deserve.
I'm excited about writing children's books. Both of my children loves books. I'm never surprised when I open my son's door after nap-time only to find him lying on the floor looking at a book. I want all children to be excited about reading. As I got older, I realized the tremendous value of reading. Writing childrens will be an ultimate escape for me, a goal that I'm looking forward to accomplishing. I’m constantly being reminded to “take it easy, don’t be so hard on [myself]”. I’m finally understanding exactly what "take it easy" entails. Part of it requires me to just stop, refocus, and have fun - writing a book!
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you add “Don’t give up” to the top of your list!