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It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.

—Doe Zantamata

According to Chinese legend, when Sai Weng lost one of his prized horses, his neighbor expressed sorrow for his loss. But Sai Weng was unconcerned. He said, “Who knows if it may be a good thing for me?” Surprisingly, the lost horse returned home with another horse. As the neighbor congratulated him, Sai Weng said, “Who knows if it may be a bad thing for me?” As it turned out, his son broke his leg when he rode on the new horse. This seemed like a misfortune until the army arrived at the village to recruit all able-bodied men to fight in the war. Because of the son’s injury, he wasn’t recruited, which ultimately could have spared him from death.

This is the story behind the Chinese proverb which teaches that a difficulty can be a blessing in disguise and vice versa.

What About the Pandemic?

Without question, our lives have been transformed since the C0VID outbreak was declared a pandemic, causing significant changes to homes, working life, and stress —a test like no other. Never before have the lives of so many people around the world been affected at this scale or speed. Who knows where we go from here? Quoting from baseball player and philosopher Yogi Berra’s wise advice; “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

But what about now? What about you? How has your life changed personally and/or professionally over the past year? What have you gained? What have you lost? Any “silver linings”. Any lessons learned? Any wisdom to be shared?

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Dennis Pitocco
Dennis Pitoccohttps://www.bizcatalyst360.com/
DENNIS is the Founder & Chief ReImaginator of 360° Nation, encompassing a wide range of multimedia enterprises, including BizCatalyst 360° —the award-winning global media digest; 360° Nation Studios —dedicated to reaching across the world in an effort to capture, produce, and deliver positive, uplifting messages via blockbuster global events, and; GoodWorks 360° —a pro-bono consulting foundation focused entirely on providing mission-critical advisory services to nonprofits worldwide. Collaborating with his Chief Inspiration Officer (and wife), Ali, everything they do is "for-good" vs. "for-profit". Their mission over the past decade-plus has been to rediscover humanity at its best, influencing and showcasing it every step of the way. Together, they do their very best to figure out what the world is trying to be —then using all their resources to help it to be better every day in every way. They understand and embrace the notion that it’s not about me or you; it’s about caring for the people we serve and more responsibly stewarding the precious resources in our care. And they believe it’s about showing up, being present, and intentionally giving our invaluable gifts of time, talent, and treasure "for good". Dennis is a contributing author to the Best-Selling Books ♦ Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational ChangeJourney Well, You Are More Than EnoughThe Four-Fold Formula For All Things Wellness: True Stories of the Heart, Spirit, Mind, and Body.

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20 CONVERSATIONS

  1. What an enchanting message, dear friend! I was fortunate enough to endure what’s far more painful than a pandemic: hitting rock bottom and being ready to give up and commit suicide; which triggered the spirit awakening and a re-birth leading to setting the soul free of the grip of my lifetime of conditioning.

    I had a challenging year, though. Nonetheless, it had nothing to do with Covid! I rather had to manage relationships crises and work on the triggered residual part of my former invasive subconscious program: my “Savior” pattern! Little did I know that it could be far more resistant than all the limiting beliefs I destroyed both about myself and the world!

    One impressive detail is how many layers this pattern contains. The first belief-level I destroyed — and my innocence with it — was, “All mortal beings are inherently good; thus, are worthy of being saved”.

    The second one was way harder to indeed understand and accept, “Toxic inherently good people don’t deserve my investment”.

    The final migration — the current step where I made satisfying progress — will, hopefully, be, “Even non-toxic inherently good people wouldn’t earn a chance unless they asked explicitly or implicitly for some guidance”. Free-will is the keyword!

    I suspect that what makes giving up on this pattern hard is the noble purpose. Unlike the limiting beliefs that we place as bad, being a savior is intrinsically good.

    The truth is that it can only be harmful: first to the relationship, given their perception would be, “Something is fundamentally wrong about me; that’s why Myriam wants to fix me”. Second, to me, since I am disrespecting myself in a way by offering my time and energy to an already lost cause.

    And, to be very frank, my hopes from the pandemic were very big! I considered it as a call for and awakening and was hoping to witness as many people as possible would take their responsibility to set themselves free while being driven by a mission that goes beyond themselves (the only effective way to stay long enough with the pain of drastically transforming the program, it seems to me!)

    I shot two videos about it, should it be worthwhile:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97LssGBzt7c&t=25s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5c4k5tdu80&t=9s

    • A remarkable story of resilience, survival, and awakening, my friend. Keep the faith, as you are not only on the right track, but you are setting an inspired example for so many others to follow…

  2. Great reflection and topic regarding the pandemic. Nothing has really changed drastically. Probably washing hands more, being more aware of those who seem really in fear when close or near by in their space, I live my life as I did before, except now being more aware of social distancing and guidelines. I won’t take the vaccine at this time, maybe in the future, because it’s really not a vaccine but rather experimental, that even those who have promoted it, such as Bill Gates and his wife, who have yet to take the vaccine. I live my life not in fear.

  3. Such important questions to be asking, Dennis. While it’s still too early to speak to an “end result,” the pandemic helped us realize the fragility of life and make some big life changes in reaction to that. Those changes have had a tremendous impact on our quality of life and happiness.

    • Indeed Kimberly – much too soon to “draw a line under” the pandemic impact … But for those who have taken the time to step back and “smell the roses” evaluating what’s really important, it’s provided a positive course correction that simply priceless …

  4. A wonderful message to share, Dennis.
    I have always admired people who try to find a silver lining – a sign of hope in every bad situation, even the most difficult ones. But hope is (as confirmed) in our DNA, and we only have to make a conscious effort to bring it to the surface. Many of us did it through the pandemic. I kept telling myself all the time that this won’t last forever. And it won’t.
    One of the most important lessons the coronavirus taught me is how everything is so fragile and how many things in my life I took for granted.
    Another important lesson I’ve learned is patience. We were patiently waiting in lines in front of the stores, pharmacies, everywhere due to the limited number of people entering the store. We were forced to wait and be patient. Those measures are still in force in most countries, in mine too.
    The coronavirus also reminded me of the importance of empathy but also forced me to think more about our mortality, prematurely for so many, including my two colleagues in their forties.
    I hope that we continue to be more empathic and caring and grateful than we were before.

    • Gratitude, patience & empathy – all fibers in that silver lining my friend. And we’re hopeful that these behaviors have not only surfaced during such challenging times but that they will become more of “the norm” for many. Thank you for sharing your candid perspectives, Lada…

  5. Dennis, this right here is so TRUE: “Yogi Berra’s wise advice; “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
    The future means next year, next month, tomorrow or in the next minute. We have never been in control. Although we can plan and predict we can never control the outcome. We now spend our days practicing presence… knowing everything can change tomorrow.

  6. Thank you Dennis,
    I love this inquiry into perspective gained & blessings in the face of adversity. It’s interesting that the references to the effects of loss of human interaction, touching a hand or sharing hugs are amongst the top prevalent responses. I learned that finding the blessings in disguise was of utmost importance in my personal journey pre-Covid, as I realized that I wasn’t living my intended purpose before breast cancer removed me from my law practice. During this past year, having been totally alone, aside from my two cats thank God for them, I took an incredibly deeper dive into my soul. Re-evaluating everything about my life, I came to many of the same conclusions as I have before. Tested and re-tested over time, often not proven or shown immediately, but in due time we shall see the blessings in disguise individually and as the collective whole of humanity. There truly is a reason for everything. And I believe there is very much good coming out of these seemingly darkest nights of our soul.
    I appreciate you Dennis, for not giving up on me. Oh and the follow-up to “Carl’s story” is coming soon!

    • What a remarkable insight into your journey, Char – thanks for sharing, my friend. We look forward to the rest of “Carl’s Story” when the time is right for you…

  7. Personally I not have a very busy life, although active, I know how to organize myself for moments of solitude and, in short, the quarantine did not strike me particularly.
    But what struck me most was what happened to many who lost a loved one because of the Covid-19.
    The death of a loved one, for whom we have and would have liked to do everything to preserve them from all harm, makes us experience the total inability to manage the feelings of pain and disorientation caused by the loss of him. The suffering and difficulties that mourning brings with it can still give way to hope and the strength to continue living, identifying a series of measures to process the mourning and express the emotions it arouses. But the impossibility, unrelated to our will, to assist people affected by the Covid-19 infection during the disease makes it even more painful not to be able to say goodbye to them and give the burial according to the established rites.
    Respecting the stringent rules of isolation and preventing contagion make the loss of the person as if it were a bereavement in mourning.
    Not having had such an experience made me feel like a very lucky person in life.

  8. As a Christian, a particular verse comes to mind……the apostle Paul in writing to the church at Rome said, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). I used to think that Scripture spoke only about good things, certainly not bad things. God sees the past and the future. My mind is naturally set on the here and now while God knows what is ‘good’ from His eternal perspective. Yogi was right, predicting the future can be tricky…..who knows? The Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2,500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2,000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter. Sometimes the answer is at our fingertips! Thanks for the reminder to give some focused thought to what we’ve been through Dennis. Life experiences of this magnitude are good opportunities to reevaluat our priorities.

  9. Great food for thought here, Dennis! I think some of the “blessings” have only been discovered with some space and time. Certainly, we’ve all experienced some pain and loss and frustration and hardship. But, the biggest “aha” for me is that I’m much more grateful when I can socialize with others or simply hug someone. I took many of those simple but important connections for granted. Now that many of the folks in my social circle have been vaccinated and we’re beginning to gather again, I realize just how much I treasure time with people I love.
    Thanks for this one!

    • Appreciate your candor here, my friend as it’s a genuine “slice of life” experience no doubt putting it all in perspective for others. “Treasuring time with people I love” hits home for so many, as too often we take for granted those that are just “there” for us in good times and bad – a distinction with a very big difference. “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

  10. Hi Dennis,

    Lovely post which reminds me of a true incident about misfortune turning to fortune.

    A widowed mom with her only son had a passionate night for the son was to fly early in the morning to study abroad. He depended on his mom to wake him up in the dawn. The mother had a nightmare and could not sleep. She did not feel comfortable that her son was leaving her. That is what she thought the reason that she could not sleep.

    The dawn arrived and the mom decided not to awaken her son. Poor son,, he woke and found that he missed the plane. He started shouting and lost his nerves.

    One hour later the plane that the son was expected to fly on crashed with all passengers on board dying.

    The son realized that his missing the plane was the best thing ever happened to him.

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