One of the toughest is insulating my normally positive attitude from being eroded by news of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Infections and deaths are on the rise. Early optimistic projections on when we would all be able to return to life as it was have evaporated. An extended altered reality seems to be taking shape.
People are becoming more concerned about the six-foot social distance circle. In fact, I accidentally stepped into that invisible bubble of protection surrounding the guy in front of me at the market today and he got really agitated. “Can you please back up and give me some space!”. “So sorry!” I didn’t even notice I’d dropped into his safety barrier. I guess we do need to be careful though.
There will be an end to all of this at some point. And just like any traumatic situation or illness in life, in the moment it can feel as if it will go on like this until the end of time. But even in the midst of a journey none of us has seen before, I’m finding points in the day where something happens that gives me a perspective change.
During Shelter In Place Day 11 I had a couple of those. They were simple daily life situations where I had to just laugh at how ridiculous they were. There were also a couple that were reminders I sill have the chance to experience parts of life that are gratifying and freeing and very positive.
This video describes all of them for you. It’s not a serious look at what’s going on, but more a reminder to just giggle as each day passes under our feet and we are fortunate enough to wake up to experience another day no matter what it brings!
And if you want to read the article I was interviewed and photographed for in NowViz Magazine here is the link:
I am the Founder and CEO at Mark Allen Coaching. I am proud to have been voted in an ESPN global poll "The Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time." During my multi-sport career I won the Ironman Triathlon World Championship six time, the inaugural Triathlon World Championship at the Olympic Distance in Avignon, France, and at one point in my career I won 21 straight races across every derivation and distance. It was a great career, but that's all it would ever be unless I was able to share all of the experience and methodology we invented long before smart watches, power meters, and flashy uniforms. That's why I started Mark Allen Coaching, as a way to return to others at least the part of the gifts I received.