Good Monday to you, I was just thinking, which trust me is difficult this early, about what got me out of bed this morning and mornings in general. Now normally it is the alarm clock, you can relate right, or aches and pains in my joints and back, I know I’m showing my age, a giant cup of coffee (or two?), but here recently it has been an excitement to share with other’s some of the wonderful things found in books through audio book narration. This pandemic we find ourselves in is a great tragedy. In no way am I grateful for it so please don’t get me wrong here. However one of the best ways to mitigate the effects of a tragedy, or hardship, or attack (think Judo) is to take the momentum of the situation and use it for something positive. Now I have not, I believe, had Covid 19 so far as I know. I have, however, been incapacitatingly (word? probably not) ill for the past 2 and a half months with signs and symptoms much like those presented by Covid victims. Pneumonia, hospitalized, treatments and medication have all been a part of my reality the past few months. Now most of this began about 2wks prior to all the Covid reporting so testing has never been done since I have been quarantined this whole period. I am interested in the antibody test when it comes out though just because of the coincidence. But that is just back story. All that to say: without the alarm clock, the purpose of my job in other words, to get me out of bed, and yes the aches and pains are still there nagging once in awhile, I have found where a particular passion lies. Something that excites me and gives me a reason to get up. A reason to be engaged with the day. A way to give in this time where it may feel more natural to take, keep, store away and hide. Have you allowed this pandemic to become the protagonist of your story? If so, perform some situational Judo and take back the lead role in your story. Allow yourself to use this time to identify passions in your life. Transform the momentum of this tragedy, or any tragedy for that matter, into a force for positive change. I know that for some of us it will be much harder than for others. Think of the guy who started Americas Most Wanted, John Walsh, or the mom who created MADD, Candy Lightner. In no way was their tragedies removed, but the force of those tragedies were utilized to become catalyst for positive change. Also….Big Point Here…they didn’t do it alone. They looked around and leveraged their positions to perform some situational Judo( too much analogy?) on their tragedies. So go from thinking situational, and allow your self to think positional. Hopefully you will find that there are many who are willing to join with you, and undoubtedly you can join with to see better things come about in your lives. Happy Monday!