Things Bigger Than This Crisis (And Your Fear)

The news about a crisis affecting the whole world is undoubtedly a cause of fear and panic. When a crisis hits us hard and we know for sure how difficult it is to contain, it’s easy to to lose hope. While we are allowed to feel anxious and fearful about what’s to come, we also need to find a way to keep us sane and hopeful amidst this chaos. 

This article gives you a little bit of comfort through these trying times. When all hope is dim and uncertain, always remember that a new day will soon rise. And everything will get better.

Connection

We’re fortunate to be living in a digital world. We don’t have to wait for weeks for mail to arrive. A simple text or call gives us instant updates on our friends and family from miles away. In just a click, you can video call and know what’s happening to your loved ones in real time. In the same way, being online gives us access to events from across the world; informing us of precautionary measures and giving us important information about the crisis. This connection transcends distance and time. It is also in these times that we understand how our lives are intertwined, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or beliefs.

Empathy

It’s easy to point fingers or be selfish during a crisis. If you’re well-off, you have more access to the resources necessary for survival. But if you’re not, you come up with ways to get through the crisis, you exert more but sometimes still fall short. The difference of societal classes can be highlighted when people are on a pedestal. Being empathetic to the less able will go a long way. Volunteer to do charity work. Raise funds online. Offer counseling. Show up and be there.

Not only do you help uplift their spirits, you also feed your soul. It always feels good to listen, understand, and help. 

Resilience

When everything is over, the business and economy would have been greatly affected. If we’re unfortunate, some lives would have been sacrificed. But the sun has risen again and it’s time we bounce back. Reflect on what has gone wrong, what needs to be improved, reorganize and revisit plans and strategies. We’ve been through a lot and it’s time we face tomorrow with renewed hope and faith.


I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” —Nelson Mandela