Well, he told me this among many things. As we discussed further, he suggested we are hopefully not as bad as China. We have had 785 deaths from the novel #coronavirus (sorry, I only see it these days in hashtag format).
I hung up and put my head down.
As I thought about our conversation it dawned on me that we always focus on the worst. Someone talks to us for 15 minutes and what I remember is the worst part of the conversation. Why? I even catch myself doing this as a husband, father and friend. Focusing on the wrong things, the wrong moments in the conversation.
As I wrote about earlier this week – “this too shall pass.” When it does, where will we be?
This time in human history is a study in human psychology. We all watch the news for hours and only remember the worst stuff. Gavin Newsom’s prediction: More than half of Californians could be infected with the fast-moving sickness in a two-month period.
Nobody heard anything else in that press conference except the worst. Wow I thought, sure enough, my group text lit up with his quote. It was nice to read experts say it’s ridiculous! But it underscores the point that we merely focus on the bad news.
Ignore it! Lou Holtz once said that “things are not as bad as they seem, things are not as good as they seem. Somewhere in the middle lies reality.”
Here is your prescription – turn off the news, put your head down and focus on how you can get better. This too shall pass and we will wish we had made the most of this time.