Who Are You Being Called to Become During This Time of Uncertainty?By Homaira Kabir
In these uncertain and unsettling times, even as social distancing is keeping us apart, we’ve come to realize that we’re more connected than ever before. And that realization has many of us living a paradoxical inner reality.
On the one hand, COVID-19 has sparked an even more contagious virus of fear. And billions of us are infected. We’re afraid of falling ill and of loved ones falling ill. We’re afraid of death, of loss, of financial ruin, of things never being the same again. And sadly, many of these fears are valid.
But below this emotional chaos is a deep-seated desire to be of help. Connection, wisdom, and altruism are all parts of our human nature. Even in these fearful times, many of us are stepping up to do whatever we can to be of service. Just look around and you can’t but bow in gratitude to the doctors and nurses, the social workers and caregivers who are putting their lives at risk to help those in need. The cashiers in our supermarkets, the pharmacists working to limit the number of noncritical cases in hospitals, and the government leaders doing what they can to manage an unfolding crisis. There are people setting up exercise classes on their roofs to engage the neighborhood or playing the cello on their balconies to spread joy among the despondent.
They are all true leaders during this crisis.
But for a crisis this big, we need many more leaders. This collective challenge is calling on each of us to finally grow up. To move past o