The Collective Sorrow of 2020, Q1

The collective sorrow of 2020, Q1 is truly palpable across the media pages and the miles of our lives. If you and your team are feeling the impacts of uncertainty for today and the unknowns for the future, it’s okay!

The experience with the COVID-19 pandemic is a for-real individual and collective loss experience. While the journey of loss and coping with all of the impacts is personal (and different for each person), the impacts are certainly experienced within the team setting and organization, as well.

While there are many aspects of our COVID-19 journey that are not controllable, oh my friend, there are some actions we CAN take that are fully within our control. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Acknowledge your sorrow about the swift changes in the world (and in your life) that have impacted life as we all have known it, However, don’t set up a tent around the sorrows – to camp out there forevermore.
  • Talk to a trusted someone. Share your thoughts and feelings. Say what you are thinking. Get it out.
  • Create a simple gratitude list each day. This practice is powerful to our thoughts, feelings, and self-will to want to fix things that we cannot control.
  • Be kind and gentle with yourself. Practice self-care several times each day. You matter for your future in Growing Forward strong.
  • Choose to develop a “New You” life and business strategy that includes specific actions you CAN take each day to achieve some ‘green checkmarks’ of accomplishment.
  • Develop at least 2-3 outcomes you’d like in your life and in your business in the next 90 days. Use these outcomes to propel you forward each day in your purpose-filled actions.
  • Set a daily schedule for your workdays and do the activities. Our humanness thrives in structure. And, you will more likely achieve your green checkmarks if you set a schedule.

When you have done all you know to do and you can do, rest.

Rest in the truth that “this, too, shall pass!

The quarantine will ease up and shift into a new normal of activities and living. People will begin to work and learn and live productively again. We will each experience the amazement of a new normal, most probably much like Post-9/11 days.

And we each adapted and learned to thrive in our own Post 9/11 life. So, too, shall we each build on those victories and successes to rise up in Post C-Virus living and loving and laughter.

We will find a way, individually and collectively – because we CAN!

Stay in the Game of life and business, my friend. Position yourself, now, to run full speed ahead when life resumes.

I’m cheering you on and I’m here to support, as you’d like to connect.


Devaney Rae
Devaney Rae
Devaney’s professional background includes professional Business Development, Leadership, and Life on Purpose Coaching, along with Instructional Design Technology consulting for Training & Presentation Design. Devaney also provides professional consulting within Organizational/ Performance Management for business owners and decision-makers. Devaney also established Life On Purpose with Devaney Rae in early 2018 as a way to connect with others who want to Get From Where You Are Now To Where You Want to Be. This effort connects people with professional coaching and a variety of resources to establish business growth that includes learning to create and manage multiple streams of income. Devaney works one-on-one and in small groups with people to create their own Life Purpose Plan and to develop the correct Business Strategy for Growth. Then, she helps them bring the plan to life so each one can step into their ownMORE! She has enjoyed a successful career in Healthcare Administration, Chemical Manufacturing, Retail Sales, Marketing, and within the Non-Profit Business sectors. Devaney earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Walden University and her Master’s degree in Instructional Design Technology for Professional Trainers from New York Institute of Technology. She also earned a degree in Dental Hygiene with license to practice in Texas and Louisiana. Devaney is a published author of the book, Countless Joys: The Place Beyond Tears (Westbow Press, 2015). The content is her story about how ordinary people are called to do “the extraordinary” in life. She has a passion for impacting others with life-giving hope, joy, and peace. Devaney established a non-profit organization, Countless Joys, Inc. in 2015. The mission of Countless Joys, Inc. is to Touch the Lives of Others with Joy. The specific focus is on Interrupting Human Trafficking of children and teenagers. Altogether, giving back to others is Devaney’s personal life mission and joy. Devaney makes her home in Franklin, Tennessee.

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful reminder, Deveany. Wonderful strategies. What will stick with me most thought is, “When you have done all you know to do and you can do, rest.” Thank you for that. We forget to give ourselves permission sometimes.

    • Thank you so much, Kimberly, for taking a moment and joining in on this conversation! Your input makes it so much better!