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Worthy: A Weekly Reset #019 - What I've Learned During a World Pandemic (Part 1)

November 24 · Issue #19 · View online
Happy Tuesday (+ Thanksgiving week for those of us in the U.S.)! 🦃
This week will be another two-part series where I’ll share a few things I’ve learned during a world pandemic. This year has been one for the books, hasn’t it? I’ve heard it referred to as a ‘dumpster fire’ along with other comical things. The truth is, there is still beauty in the midst of tragedy and devastation: I, like some of you, got married this year! Some bought a house for the first time in 2020. Some have gotten to reconnect with children or spouses or friends with the slow-down the pandemic brought.
With anything, we can choose how we act, react and respond. COVID-19 (along with 2020) has taught me that I want to be a person that hears and sees the other and fights for love - like Jesus did - in all circumstances. I would love to hear what this year has taught you, what’s been deconstructed and what frameworks you’re working to rebuild.
You are worthy!
— Evan
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Our views are shaped by our experiences.
I have friends who think the virus is no big deal and shutting down states and placing restrictions on gatherings is extreme. I have friends who think the whole country should be under a ‘Stay at Home’ order and we should remain on lockdown until everyone is vaccinated.
Our age and our experiences vastly shape the way we see things. If you’re young and in college and you aren’t afraid of getting the virus, what would stop you from going to the party with your friends? If you don’t know anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, it seems distant. If you are elderly and have a predisposed condition, of course you will be more cautious than someone who’s young and healthy.
Grace, grace, grace! How can we hold postures that try to understand where the other is coming from? And not demonize someone because they hold a different view than us?
It’s not all about you.
I have heard from some how this year has ‘ruined their life’ or how this year has been ‘really hard and changed wedding plans, moving plans, etc.’ Hey, I get it! When you’re 18 years old, missing your prom can be devastating.
I am fighting to remember and want us all to remember: COVID-19 is not just happening to you (it’s a PANdemic, meaning: it’s happening to everyone in the world). And! There are much worse things than moving your wedding date or missing a high school dance.
Everyone’s an expert.
I don’t know about you but, it seems most people I’ve interacted with this year seem to know a whole heck of a lot about COVID-19 and are not shy about telling me the “shoulds” 🙃: “You should do this.”You shouldn’t do this.”
What if we started with questions first? What has your experience of the virus been like? Why do you choose to do things the way you do?
We can all agree: the virus is dangerous and precautions need to be taken. And I think we can also agree: we don’t know enough - especially the common person - to be an expert on a world pandemic. Let’s be humble and gentle with one another, remembering our experiences vastly shape our perspectives.
Stay the Course
All we can control in life are our thoughts and actions. How do we bring our best selves to the day?
What does it look like to think objectively?
If you read nothing else: READ THIS ARTICLE on objectivity. I found it really insightful and helpful (subjectively speaking 😉). What would it look like to actually think for ourselves? To not just listen to something and regurgitate it later to “prove our point.” What if, instead, we sought the experiences and opinions of others, considered our own experiences and biases, did our own research and, at the end of all that, expressed ourselves by saying “You know, I could be wrong here but, what I think right now is…”
If we’re honest, we’re not that great at thinking objectively. I’ll speak for myself, I’m not that great at thinking objectively. Being a One on the Enneagram, I love thinking through things and then thinking the view I hold is correct. (Maybe that’s all of us?)
We’ve considered this before: how do we hold postures that hear?
What is the difference between objective thinking and our opinions?
Stay Curious
What are you learning? How do we hold postures that hear?
The psychological traits that shape your political beliefs | Dannagal G. Young
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