Challenging lockdowns never seem to stop these days. Who isn’t fed up with non-existing social life? Or bored with still trying to catch up with decluttering, while charity shops and the tip are closed? Are you preparing for the next stage of life or just feel hanging in the current one?
Often it is a matter of perspective, which determines how tough life is…
How about this conversation between two highly pregnant ladies, Pippa and Maura. Their due dates are very close and they have just finished an NCT (National Childbirth Trust) course to be as best prepared as possible. They are talking about giving birth.
Pippa: ‘I can’t wait to hold my little baby in my arms’.
Maura: ‘I am so scared about giving birth. All that pain…’
P: ‘Yes, apparently. But remember they told us that it is something you quickly forget. Pain is only in the moment, but it leads to something that lasts forever.’
M: ‘Well, those moments of pain keep me awake at night.’
P: ‘I don’t care about the pain. I know I have no choice and I will just surrender.’
M: ‘I have asked for every pain killer available. I am not having it.’
P: ‘Well, I am going to see what I need when the moment is there. And I can’t wait for my contractions to start.’
M: ‘I dread the whole experience.’
Giving birth is a process that most mothers have to go through.
It is a painful journey, with unknown hurdles (or not) and duration. It can take between a few hours and a few days. And one thing is certain, there is no going back. Every contraction brings the desired outcome closer. But no one knows how much closer until the very end.
It is very similar to a lockdown. The current lockdown in the UK means that we can’t visit people, see friends or family, go to a pub or the gym. It’s pretty grim. And no one knows how long it is going to last for.
But, the vaccines are injected and with every person that becomes safe from Covid, we are a step closer to normality. It is like a process of giving birth to something special. We are all heading to the light at the end of the tunnel and we get closer each day.
If you choose the perspective of pain, you will have a lousy few months.
If you choose the perspective of the outcome, it will be much easier to bear.
If you are struggling with choosing a helpful perspective, why not book a free coaching call with me? Choose a slot and we can discuss your challenges and hopefully find a few things you can do to get a positive perspective.