If The Beatles – whom some call the most influential band of all time – were still around, they'd agree that the past few weeks have felt like a hard day's night, many times over! Their biggest hits in the age of COVID-19 would probably be 'All You Need Is Soap,' or, 'I Want to Wash Your Hand.'
Wherever you are physically, you have now been living with – and adapting to – a drastically altered world for almost two months. It isn't news for any of us that the Coronavirus crisis has led to hundreds of countries closing national borders and announcing lockdowns. It has disrupted global supply chains and tourism flows. According to research on the 'Psychological Aspects of COVID-19 Pandemic in the General Population', the impact on individuals can include a fear of the virus itself, collective grief, prolonged physical distancing, and social isolation, along with financial insecurity and uncertainty.
But as it impacts countries, communities, and individuals, it is also teaching us lessons in humanity, prediction, action, and collaboration. When we feel like all our 'troubles seemed so far away, yesterday', it would be wise to also remember to 'let it be.' Disruption and ambiguity are part of life. What matters is: do we have enough resilience? And if we don't, how can we build it?
Here are my key takeaways, inspired by the Fab Four, to drive resilience in this time of uncertainty: