This article was originally posted on Larry’s LinkedIn here.
The past week has been unlike any other in our lifetimes. As a PR professional and crisis communications counselor, the news cycle is essential to my business but I find myself vacillating from keeping close tabs on breaking news to needing a break from the endless coverage. Every challenge has a silver lining and, over the weekend, I reflected on seven silver linings I observed this past week:
- Stepping Up. Colleagues rallied to match the moment, as we moved quickly to deliver daily updates on COVID-19 impacts, share behavioral science insights on messaging during a pandemic, offer media relations best practices, and provide scenario planning, risk assessment, and crisis counsel.
- Collaborating with agility. Clients and colleagues alike rolled with the punches we all took this week while staying focused on what mattered — both on and off the job.
- Blending work-life passions. One of our colleagues, a meditation and mindfulness teacher in-training, hosted a 10-minute guided meditation class on video. 75 people participated. Now’s she’s offering it weekly. This week, we’re adding a 15-minute yoga class, thanks to another colleague who is a yoga instructor.
- Practicing kindness. I witnessed a surge in compassionate gestures that helps preserve our faith in humanity, despite some of the head-shaking scenes and comments captured as well.
- Enjoying simple pleasures. Reading a book, playing with our dog, and just hearing the sounds of a full nest in our home again.
- Discovering something new. One of our agency’s core values is to be curious. I listened to a new podcast, explored a new Spotify playlist, and watched a new show on Netflix.
- Relaxing without guilt. Having nowhere to go enables you to shed the guilt of doing absolutely nothing, and more fully enjoy the moment and recharge your batteries.
I’m glad I did, because it’s about to get much worse before it gets better. There will still be silver linings, we just might need to look a little harder to find them.