“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refused to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou
Life is hard sometimes. No matter how you reframe it, repackage it or what lens you look at it through, most of us go through hard times once in a while. Some more than others. And some are blessed with going through life where they have been sheltered from hardship and struggle, but eventually it will come.
Right now, a pandemic is sweeping across the globe and hitting our nation particularly hard, impacting individuals and businesses greater than most anything has in most of our lifetimes. Some have lost jobs as a result. Others have lost loved ones. But human beings are incredibly resilient. We have choices in how we respond to the hardships we are dealt.
For many, these situations bring out the best in people and moving into acts of service to others is how they cope. Countless stories on the news have been shared on how resilient people have overcome these difficult times. For artists and musicians, new beauty is often born out of times of great struggle, pain or grief and becomes inspirational to others. If you haven’t heard Alicia Keys’ tribute song and video “Good Job” that was released in April of this year, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSUZIFBJHwQ . Essential workers in our country have demonstrated resilience this year like no other group has.
Laurie is an experienced Human Resources executive who is passionate about organizational culture, creating great workplaces and employee engagement.