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Hi there,
"There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen."
- Vladimir Lenin

The last few weeks already feel like decades I will remember forever. 

I've never experienced such acute change, chaos, and ambiguity -- not even during my Army deployments.

I moved out of my house last week with a day's notice to allow my brother's family a location to self-quarantine after they were ordered off the Caribbean island where they were living.

As mentioned last week, Tiffany and I were planning our wedding for May 9th. It's officially delayed. We're looking forward to a big, safe celebration once this storm passes.

We coordinated a small ceremony this weekend with only our parents and pastor present. Tonight, our county announced a lockdown except for essential activity from the 26th through April 9th (which does include take-out?).

Personally, we think a marriage ceremony on our two year anniversary is essential!

Tomorrow, I officially join the ranks of those working from home after spending the last week in limbo. 

Despite some frustrations, it's hard not to be filled with gratitude for all the things that have gone right...

If you're looking for a boost, here's a simple activity for you. It's more fun as an interactive game with a partner, but it works as an individual reflective activity, too.

The activity is called  "what's in the box?" Before Covid-19, my team planned to use to address major organizational changes at a now-canceled meeting.

The activity goes like this:
  • You put your arms out in front of you as if you're giving your partner a gift box. The receiver puts their arms out to receive it and asks "what's in the box?"
  • The giver tells them what's in the box, for example, "a teammate out sick!"
  • The receiver demonstrates they're listening and excitedly repeats the gift: "a teammate out sick!"
  • Then the receiver continues with a positive outcome: "With that, I have an opportunity to learn new skills!"
Then the receiver gets an opportunity to give a gift back.

It sounds silly, but we felt better after doing the activity. We were generously gifting each other another meeting that could've been an email, an equipment failure just before class instruction begins, and surprise deadlines. My teammates are extremely generous.

So, "what's in my box?"

"A two-week quarantine!"

"A two-week quarantine! With that, I get to..."
  • provide my brother and his boys safe lodging.
  • work at home without distractions!
  • stay in a house with the woman of my dreams!
  • ensure my friends and family remain healthy!
  • support and rely upon my community of online friends and family. 
  • watch organizations adapt and provide individuals with increasing amounts of autonomy over their jobs.
  • revamp my course offerings for when training resumes.
  • experiment with new ways to operate virtually and deliver online training. 
What's in your box? 

And what are you going to do with it?

Previously, I've mentioned work cycles as a means to work more effectively at home.

Ultraworking.com is currently offering free accounts to join their community and daily work sessions for individuals impacted in the current environment. 

Their goal is to maintain 24/7 sessions in the near future with volunteer moderators expanding their offerings. 

I'll be there, as a paying customer. I'm a believer.

Quote of the Week: 

"I  am amazed by how many individuals mess up every new day with yesterday. They insist on bringing into today the failures of yesterday, and in so doing, they pollute a potentially wonderful present."

- Gary Chapman in The 5 Love Languages

God bless -- stay safe, sane, and intentional.

Scott
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Have a great week,

Scott
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