The truth does not cease to exist when it is forgotten.
You know how you can read or hear something dozens of times in dozens of different ways before finally sinking in? The little truths listed below fall into the category – timeless life lessons that many of us probably learned years ago, and have been reminded of ever since, but still for what reason we tend to forget in the moment.
my friends, is my attempt to help all of us, myself included, "get it" and "remember it" once and for all, especially when we collectively deal with the evolving reality of COVID-19 …  first Life is short, and nothing is guaranteed.
We know from the inside that life is short, and death will happen to all of us eventually, and yet we are endlessly surprised when it happens to someone we know. It's like going up a flight of stairs with a distracted mind and misjudging the last step. You expected it to be one more flight of stairs than there is, and then you find yourself in balance for a moment, before your mind moves back to the present and what the world really is.
LIVE YOUR LIFE TODAY! Do not ignore death – or the imminent dangers of COVID-19 – but do not fear life either. Be afraid of a life you never lived because you were too afraid to take positive action today. Death is not the greatest loss in life, nor is illness. The biggest loss is what dies inside you while you are still alive and well. Even in these difficult times, be bold, be brave, be afraid of death and then take the next step anyway. Just change how you do it.
Invest your heart and soul into what is right in front of you. Bring passion in otherwise ordinary moments. You don't have to be surrounded by many people. You don't have to go anywhere else. You can distance yourself from COVID-19 and still get involved at any moment.
2nd Everything will soon change again.
Embrace change and realize in many ways it is necessary. It won't always be obvious in the beginning, but in the end, most forms of change are worth it because they force us to grow. So check yourself right now.
What you have today may be what you had tomorrow. You never know. Things change, often spontaneously. People and circumstances come and go. Life does not stop for anyone. It moves fast and rushes from calm to chaos in seconds and happens to people like this every day. It's probably happening to someone nearby right now.
Sometimes the shortest division in time changes the direction of our lives. A seemingly harmless decision makes our entire world laugh like a meteorite striking the earth. My whole life has been turned and turned upside down, for better or worse, with the strength of an unpredictable event. And these events always happen – just like the COVID-19 epidemic right now.
So remember how good or bad the situation is now, it will change. That's what you can count on. Accept it. Breathe. Be where you are. You are where you need to be right now. There is a time and place for everything, and every hard step is necessary. Just keep doing your best and don't force what is yet to fit into your life. When it is meant to be it will be it.
3rd Changing your answer is what puts you back in control.
Be patient with everything that remains unresolved in your head and heart. And realize that patience is not about waiting, but the ability to maintain a good attitude while working hard to stay true to your intuition and values. This is your life and it is governed by your choices. May your actions speak louder than your words. May your daily choices preach higher than your lips. May your inner sense of satisfaction be your noise in the end.
And if your present life only teaches you one thing, let it be that it is always worth taking a passionate leap. Even if you have no idea where to land – even though there are so many unknowns – you were brave to stand up and listen to your heart. Remember that the most powerful moments in life happen when you find the courage to release what cannot be changed. Because when you can no longer change a situation, you are challenged to change yourself – to grow beyond the unchanging. And that changes everything! (Marc and I discuss this in more detail in the "Passion and Growth" chapter in 1,000 Little Things That Happy, Successful People Do Different.)
4. The storms of life can be a great strength.
Hard times are like strong storms blowing against you. And it's not just that these storms are holding you back from places you might otherwise go. They also tear away from you all but the essential parts of your ego that cannot be demolished, so that afterwards you see yourself as you really are, and not just who you may want to be.
In the end, you realize that you are here to endure these storms, to sacrifice your time and risk your heart. You are here to be harmed by life. And when it happens that you are hurt, or betrayed or rejected, let yourself sit quietly with your eyes closed and remember all the good times you had, and all the sweetness you tasted and everything you learned. Tell yourself how wonderful it was to live and then open your eyes and live a little more.
To never fight would be to never grow. You have to let go of who you were so that you can become who you are. Again, it is within the depths of the strongest and darkest storms that you discover an inexpressible light within you, and it is this light that illuminates the way forward.
5th You don't need all the answers right now.
Accept the feeling of not knowing exactly where to go and train yourself to love and appreciate this sense of freedom. Because it is only when you are suspended in the air, with no destination in sight, that you force your wings to open fully so that you can fly. And when you're floating around, you still don't know where you're going. But that is not what matters. What is important is that your wings are opened. You may not know where to go, but you know that as long as your wings are spread, the winds will take you forward.
Truth be told, some of the greatest results that occur in your life will be the ones you didn't even know you wanted. As long as you keep your mind open to new perspectives and yourself moving forward, there are really no wrong turns in life, just roads you didn't know you were meant to travel. And you can never be sure of what's around the corner. It can be everything, or it can be nothing. You slide steadily forward, and then one day you realize that you've come a long way from where you started.
All the details aside, one day all pieces will be collected. Incredibly good results will probably occur in your life, even if everything does not turn out exactly as you expected. And you will look back on the difficult times that have passed, smile and ask yourself …
"How in the world did I get through all this?"
Now is your turn …
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In addition, our podcast, THINK BETTER, LIVE BETTER (yes, it shares the title of our annual live event) can be used as a tool to keep your mindset grounded while you are in social distance, etc. You can listen to the entire first season – 30 episodes – on your favorite podcast player right now (M&A on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts).