COVID: Is A Silver Lining Possible?

Like so many, I got COVID recently. My case was in the normal range – two days of being in bed, sleeping, shivering with a nice headache part of the time. When I was able, I read a bit but didn’t enjoy seeing the recent media stories on long COVID challenges. As I thankfully started feeling better, my appreciation for good health and the wonder of the world around me came into heightened focus. 

Why does it sometimes take a transition or setback to wake us up?   I found myself feeling gratitude for a mending body. On my first walk outside after the worst of my COVID experience I noticed nature’s colors, the breeze and the activities of birds and squirrels – sometimes just staring at my surroundings like a three year old. Having the strength and stamina to walk felt like a gift.  Already I feel like the window of gratitude is fading a bit as my life returns to relative normal. 

Life transitions and challenges provide an opportunity to see beyond where we have been – to look at our situation anew with a fresh perspective. Change is inevitable, but how we respond to it is up for grabs.

For transition times consider these questions:

  • How can I reframe what is happening to me in a new and different way?
  • How might life changes present new opportunities?
  • What assumptions am I making about what is possible – or not possible?
  • What questions do I need to ask to get to my truth?
  • How can I live my life with the values that are now most important to me?

(These are the types of questions a transitions coach asks in support of a client.) 

Taking Action: I want to learn about your situation and how you desire to move forward. Contact me to explore your encore – or other transition. I provide written follow up summaries for every session. Create an action plan and make progress. Coaching opens the doors of possibility to create the life you want given where you are now.

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Reed Dewey

Reed is a transitions coach supporting those 50+ to prepare for what's next and turn dreams into reality.