Silver Linings in These Difficult Times

For those of us who are lucky enough to be healthy, there are some silver linings I see that comes out of this. Please add more of what you see under comments:

  • We never knew how to slow down; now we have a sense of it. Maybe we can do more of this after this is over.
  • We started looking at things we wanted to do for so long and even think about what makes us happy; what keeps us occupied and in the flow. That is super helpful in the future too. Maybe we will carve out some time to do the art, reading more books, doing knitting, cooking or whatever you discovered as something you love to do when this over.
  • We spend more quality time with our children at home.
  • We are getting rid of stuff we don’t need in our garages, in our closets, cupboards. We never seem to have the time to do this.
  • We opened old albums, letters that we did not have time before. We remember important memories from our past. Why did we save all that anyways? When were we going to find the time to look at them?
  • We are all learning more about technology. That has always been important to be able to stay connected to next generations and we resisted. Now we know why we all need to understand it. It is our only connection to our loved ones.
  • We get to connect to more people with video although we had the chance before.
  • We are learning to appreciate small things in life; things we have taken for granted for too long.
  • When asked we always said “health comes first” but we did not act like it. Now we are really living it. We may have lost our jobs, our clients but we still feel grateful when the whole family is healthy now.
  • We see some great examples of generosity; some organizations are giving us free education, concert links, games for children, books from libraries, etc.
  • Even in the worst of times, we create humor. I have at least three new videos or images that crack me up every single day.
  • We know we inhabit the same planet and that everyone needs to pay their share to protect it. We did not feel how connected we are until a worldwide virus forced us to see we need each other. I surely hope we do not lose this consciousness to take better care of our planet when this is over.
  • It made it very easy to see who is a loving, compassionate, humanist leader and who is not.

I try to keep track of all good leaders and companies sharing them on my Purposeful Business page. Please try to do business with them, support them, spend your money with them when it is over. I have a lot to add today!

  • Maybe we will learn how to love our wrinkles, our older faces and be our real selves. Maybe we will learn to never be ashamed of our older age and judge others without the fillers and the botox.
  • We understand that simple acts like going out with friends to get a cup of coffee, strolling at the beach, getting a plane ticket to see your mom are things we can appreciate now.
  • We started saying hello to friends who we have not called or got connected for a while.
  • Maybe we will learn how everyone in the world needs access to free healthcare so that we can all stay healthy together. This pandemic showed us we have to think about others staying healthy and getting the care they need because it affects us all.
  • We don’t want any government intervention in good times but a big government to save us all when things are difficult. Maybe we can make up our minds after this.

I still want this to be over of course but let’s remember what it teaches us when these days are over. Maybe our normal was not so normal after all.

Please stay healthy.


Brooke O. Erol
Brooke O. Erol
Brooke O. Erol started her career at IBM following the traditional path she was given to be "successful". She quit her "great job" on paper after 11 years, feeling she is not aligned with it. She started her journey to find her purpose in life. She started her first business in 2003; Your Best Life to help professionals who don’t like their jobs and want to find more meaning at work. After being around so many unhappy people at work as her clients, she decided to help the organizations and leaders who employed them. She started her second business; Purposeful Business to help leaders catch up with our times and grow their businesses without sacrificing the well-being of their people; where profit becomes a by-product rather than the main goal. She believes life is too precious to live only for weekends and retirement. She is the author of Create a Life You Love. She is also the co-author of "From Hierarchy to High Performance: Unleashing the Hidden Superpowers of Ordinary People to Realize Extraordinary Results" that became an International Best Seller in 2018. She speaks and writes about Leadership, Purpose-Driven Life and Organizations, Future of Work in the US, and abroad.

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    • Thank you Melissa. The list grows as I think about it even more since I wrote this. In the midst of it all there are things that open up for all of us to see. Thank you for being a shining light!

  1. Brooke, welcome to the BC360 family – I love this piece so much! Finding the silver linings is such a healing act, don’t you think? I don’t know about you, but I tend to find clarity in them, and it gives me a sense of calm. I could relate to many of the ones you listed and shook my head in agreement as I read them. For me, I love that I have more time to write, and my creativity seems heightened during this time.

    Perhaps many of us needed this recalibration more than we knew. I know that I did. I am noticing things on my workout – I run or walk almost every day – that I didn’t notice before, especially the beautiful melodies of the birds singing. And the river water is so clear – even more so than in previous years. It’s a wonderful respite from the day and a place to take that 30 seconds of calm.

    Thanks so much for sharing this piece with us, Booke! I look forward to reading more of your work.

    • Laura so true. I have been walking forever on the same beach and in my neighborhood and I am noticing new things. I cannot agree more of the melody of the birds! They brighten my day and remind me how precious and easy going nature is. Nature is just is. It teaches me the power of now and the flow! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your insights!

    • Yay, a fellow walker! When I went out today, Brooke, I noticed so much. But the best was the Geese that I always see in the marsh, but today they had three babies with them! I stood there for a good five minutes observing them. It made my heart so happy!

    • That is the BEST. So lucky. I hope to see some babies too. We have rabbits coming to our backyard, some beautiful butterflies, humming birds, lizards; happy with them!

  2. Hi Brooke,
    Well said and for me, my thoughts? well,,,, I feel that the old normal will never be the old normal. I think that going forward with all that has been placed upon us that we must have a new normal. Hopefully, this has brought families closer together that have been at a distance. Hopefully, the new way to incorporate technology will remain with Zoom and other avenues of communication. Our perspective should be that life is precious. We love our country and we must protect it at all costs. The way we live is better than any other country and we have to hold on to the good morals and goodness of what we see when crises happen, how everyone comes together, and thank God for those who have given so much such as First Responders, Nurses, etc. I just can’t say enough.

  3. Brooke – You’ve captured some great points here. I’d be hard-pressed to point to one piece of silver over the other. And like a good silver collection, let’s not let this one get tarnished, but simply going back to our old ways when things return to “normal.” We’ve never met, but I appreciated seeing you on Mike’s rally recently.

    • I agree Jeff so much. My heart beats faster as I think about the future and want to make sure we do not forget what this pandemic has exposed so clearly. Our normal as we all know was not “normal”. I really hope humanity, at least a big portion, will take lessons from this and do not forget the silver linings. Thank you for your comments! Appreciate it so much.

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