These have not been the best times. I’m 26 – so I can’t give a detailed account of the crisis of 2008, the chaos of 2001, or crash of the 90s.

If history is a guide for the future, I am confident in one thing, we will get through this.

2020 was supposed to be the year of vision, accomplishment, laughter, celebration. It was supposed to be PERFECT. We had our vision boards all put together nicely, and we knew it would be a great yer.

Three months in, we’re in the midst of a global crisis. But I’m here to tell you, this year will still be great.

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

– Mike Tyson

We’ve all been pouched dead square in the jaw, but are we going to let one punch down us in the first quarter? Are we going to let this year be defined by this alone?

It’s how we react and respond to this adversity that will define us. We must look at the present situation with an eagerness to problem solve, strategize and reassess our options. Then most importantly, TAKE ACTION.

We must eliminate the noise; the noise from the media, the noise from the people around us and take this opportunity to 1) be grateful for the life we have and 2) figure out what do we want to leave behind this precious life.

So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.

– 1 Corinthians 9:26

I challenge each and everyone of you to plan your future with intent and purpose. Yeah we’ve been punched, but strike back tactfully and with grace.

These are the things I’ve done that has kept me cool, calm and collected in these times.

  1. Thank God, for the gift of life alone is worth giving thanks
  2. Spend time with family, meaningful time. Still time.
  3. Evaluate, how could you have better prepared? Financially? Mentally?
  4. Identify professional development needs to grow your skills.
  5. Be still.

Number 1 and 5 are easily the most important. 1 because being thankful in a time of crisis is the best way to keep your confidence. 2 because the eye of the hurricane is the best place to be.

I pray that with wisdom and great guidance we will avoid all the atrocities that are being foretold. Always remember, nothing last forever. Pain is temporary.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

– 1 Corinthians 15:58

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