We assign meaning.
What is something for someone may not be the same for someone else. Struggle is an emotionally-charged word.
I help with my son’s tournament baseball team. We’ve had a busy summer as baseball at his level is still happening across the country. We are about thirty games into our season. I’ve had the chance to observe a few hundred youth players.
An ace pitcher for one team is not the same for the next. Your best hitter may barely make an elite team somewhere else. Your fastest runner may not keep pace with a different group.
The value is in where your pieces fit together.
We assign meaning and value.
We are in the midst of a generational year. Things are changing and some will never change back. Families are feeling the pressure. As school approaches for some, and others have returned already, the pressure only increases.
Fear is heavy and pervasive. How do we move forward?
Students learning virtually are stepping into a job world that will demand those exact skills. We are forced to examine what value truly is. Where do we contribute. How can we give and help those around us.
How can we see problems as opportunities?
What if there is no such thing as a problem, only a situation that demands a response?
There is always a response. Not moving forward is a choice as much as picking your path and going.
Dread is addicting. Cynicism is romanticized. Anger is supported with enthusiasm in the guise of action.
The infection is not the virus.
The infection is what it has exposed about our world, our medical system, our politics and our country.
Reframe one step at a time. Read and React. One day, one plan. One move to handle one situation.
What’s coming will not be easy. What’s coming is also great opportunity. The choice is yours.