I had another article ready to go for today. Then Boston happened and America got another unexpected shot to the heart. So I thought today was a better day to reflect on what rockstars do when tragedy strikes. Or disaster hits. Or heartache rushes in.
Rather than writing something funny or clever, I’m going to keep it short, and simply encourage you to do these five things with me today:
- Feel. It might seem “noble” or “strong” to push away emotions and remain stoic, but you’re not a statue, you’re a human.It’s ok to feel like one.
- Focus on the positives. Think about all the runners, spectators, police, firefighters, medical professionals, and others who rushed TOWARD the blast sites to help the injured. Witness the outpouring of love and support from around the world on Facebook, Twitter, etc. It’s a classic good-triumphs-over-evil story already. Always is.
- Engage in positive conversation. Yes, it’s ok to talk about your feelings, but be careful of spreading negative energy. Include the positives in your conversations. Remember, what you focus on is what you move toward.
- Encourage those around you. When you’re a rockstar, people look to you for strength in tough times. Be encouraging. Lift people up. It matters more than you know.
- Get back to work. There’s nothing that defeats disaster faster than hard work.
I truly believe that you have a chance to make a difference where you work every single day.
Days like today I believe that more than ever.