“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.” – Patrick Overton
In this unprecedented time that we find ourselves presently, we all are facing the darkness of the unknown. What will happen next? Will I or a member of my family get sick? When will this end? None of us knows the answers. But how we approach the current situation can determine whether we find solid ground when the light shines again or better yet, we learn to fly. We can commiserate with our friends, complain about being sheltered inside or lounge around watching TV all day. Or we can look at this time for what it is – an opportunity to reset. I know for myself that this is the first time since I graduated from college that I have had this much time unencumbered by the stress of my daily work schedule. For the first time in my adult life, everyone has had to stop. All at the same time. Barring some worse catastrophe, which is hard to imagine, an event like this will most likely never happen again in our lifetime. Don’t look back and regret that you did not use this time wisely. Reconnect with family and friends. Start that hobby you always put off. Study a new language. Take walks. Read. Come up with a plan for your next step. Because when the light shines again, and it will, take that first step onto the solid ground, but be ready to spread your wings and fly.