When there appears to be no end in sight, hope can easily become a casualty of despair, if we choose to let it.
In “Man’s Search for Meaning,” Viktor Frankl wrote about survival in the concentration camps during WWII. He found those who survived longest were those who retained a sense of control over their environment.
Frankl wrote that our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose how we respond to adversity. He believed that “everything can be taken from us but one thing, the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s own attitude in any given set of circumstances—to choose one’s own way.”
This pandemic is an evolutionary process of biblical proportions – an invisible and deadly enemy, indiscriminate of our differences. However, to collectively overcome it requires us to choose hope over despair, to author our own story.
We can take action, boost our morale and spread messages of hope. We can reconnect with family, call a friend, use social media to comfort others, and offer words of encouragement to colleagues. We can share information on nutrition and exercise. We can deepen our spirituality and learn.
This is our opportunity to cleanse and to reengage. An opportunity to be humane or even a humanitarian. To participate in humanity or even evolve it.