As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that my first emotional response to a situation was sometimes wrong, or more often, incomplete. However, that doesn’t change the intensity of the feelings that I have at the moment. Our emotions are powerful motivators to action and can get the best of us if we don’t remind ourselves to seek understanding before reacting. Stress makes clear thinking and self-control even more challenging.
Covid and the political unrest in our country are creating stress for all of us; even if you don’t recognize it, know that it’s just under the surface, elevating the strength of your emotional response. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In part, it’s an evolutionary protection mechanism. However, I want to bring this to your attention to be more aware of this stress and how you might be feeling at the moment. I’ve spent a lot of time teaching my children that they can’t always control how they feel, but they can always control their actions. Or more frequently, I ask them, “are you in control of your emotions, or are they in control of you?”
I am sharing this with you because we have an incomplete picture of what is happening in our country right now. Over time we’ll gain a better understanding of the impact of Covid, the violence at our Nation’s Capitol, and of course, the transition to a new President next week. If you’re experiencing a range of emotions or you find yourself easily angered these days, try to take a moment of pause and remember that your emotional response may be based on incomplete knowledge. Right now, I need everyone in Tahzoo to focus on taking good care of one another and help each other cope or settle down if someone is having a bad day. We are, first and foremost, a family.
We have many reasons to be hopeful right now. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and to quote my brother Matt, “it’s not a train.” The vaccine is being distributed, we have a new wave of economic stimulus supporting our fellow Americans, and Tahzoo has significant opportunities for growth in the New Year. As the tapestry of time unfolds, we’ll see all these moments in context with clarity and certainty that we can’t possibly understand today. As I said on the call today, let’s focus on taking care of one another and taking care of our clients. I am here for any of you who need someone to chat with, are looking to gain some perspective or a shoulder to cry on. Please send me an email or call my cell at any time.
Let’s go be great!