People require a lot more support now than they did before the pandemic. In his book that keeps on giving, Managing Oneself, Peter Drucker raises these points that are very pertinent to what we’re going through: “Only when you operate from a combination of your strengths and self-knowledge can you achieve true – and lasting – excellence”. He tells us that in order to live a life of excellence, we must ask ourselves these questions: What are our strengths? How do we perform? What are our values? Where do we belong? What should we contribute?
Indeed, circumstances are severe. The Sufi wisdom “this too shall pass” can be a soothing reminder that the nature of life and the human condition are changeable, circumstances transient. Permanence is a character or state belonging to nothing and no one of this universe. This too shall pass, but in what condition will we be when it does? Better or worse than times before the pandemic?