“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.'” – Eckhart Tolle
As partners with TJS, you have faithfully been there for us and we want to be here for you during these turbulent times.
Living through a global, historic event like COVID-19 is especially difficult since we have no experience for how best to respond. Even our international and national leadership teams are struggling with how to help. It makes sense that we feel uneasy and concerned about what is going to happen next.
What do we do with all the stress, fear, and worry?
We all have a lot on our minds and the concerns are real. But fear, stress, and anxiety take up a lot of our time and energy, and provide very little assistance in solutions. As a leadership school, many families and businesses in our community look to us for guidance. If we begin to worry, they may too. Instead, we’ve implemented some tools for alleviating stress during this time, and we want to share:
Here is a list of ways information may be impacting us, and some options to replace the stress with a healthier response:
We are hearing a lot of negative stories through the news. The messages consistently tell us a worst case scenario, but there are plenty of better case scenarios, too. What do those happy moments look like for you?
Truthfully, our funding has began to slow, but our students are safe and healthy. And our staff is working together better than ever. We choose to focus on these things.
Feeling our situations are only good or they are only bad (with no middl ground). This is not true! Our world has been through events like this before and can come back stronger, with potentially more wisdom about what in life is most important.
Haiti has experienced earthquakes, hurricanes, and severe impoverishment. TJS has experienced many set backs, but through it all, we’ve continued to grow.
Catastrophizing and magnifying the message, as in statements like “this is a disaster we may not survive.” Again, this is not true. Most individuals are strong enough to get the virus, and heal.
Stay Positive and Thankful
Yes there have been so many tragic deaths. So much grief. But for those of us held in this holding pattern, our primary task is to breathe deeply, be kind to your family, and speak peace into your own head.
Those of you with children at home – yes a houseful of little developing personalities can be chaotic. We understand — before the country shutdowns, our teachers spent eight to nine hours with 15+ young, energetic children. Learn to play again, talk to your children, tell stories, and rediscover nature.
We don’t know the details of each of your personal stories right now, but know we love you, appreciate you, and are praying for you through it all. We at The Joseph School would love for you to write to the children at the school in Haiti. Send your notes to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will see that the notes are delivered.
And remember . . .
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo F. Buscaglia