React, Respond or Initiate?
Seth Godin sent the following in an email to his blog subscribers today. I was so encouraged, not only because of the simple yet powerful insight shared but also because of something my wife and I decided to do just last night.I'll get to that following Seth's post.
React, Respond or Initiate?
That’s pretty much all that’s on offer.
What will you do next?
The first gives us visceral satisfaction and emotional release, and it almost always leads to bad outcomes.
Responding is smarter. It requires each of us to think hard about the action and emotion we seek to create after something is put on our desk.
And the third? Initiating is ever easier and leveraged than ever before, which, surprisingly, also makes it more difficult to move up on our agenda.
In normal times, it’s easy to get into a rhythm of simply responding. Someone else setting the agenda.
When things are uncertain, it’s easy to react.
But now, right now, is the single best time to initiate. We’re in for a slog, but there will be an end to it.
Make things better by making better things.
Free Lessons For Our Community
One of the things I teach my creative entrepreneurship students is that in every challenge we face are opportunities to be found. We simply need to step back, look, listen, recognize an opportunity and then start to do something with it.
Our present reality as impacted by necessary measures we are all taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 has, for many, suddenly provided us with a lot of time on our hands. Schools are closed, work is shut down, events have been canceled.
People are frightened and need to find ways to know hope and move forward toward a positive future.
Grace, compassion, generosity, love.
So last night, my wife, Amy and I decided to initiate something...
We decided, with the extra time we now have, to do what we can, with what we have, to bring grace, compassion, generosity, and love to our community.
I posted the following announcement through my social media channels:
Hey SE Aurora, Parker, and surrounding area peeps! Looking for something to do now that school/work is on hold? Amy and I are offering FREE Piano/Voice/Music Theory/Acting/Music-Entertainment Business/ and Performance lessons at our place to help keep life upbeat and on track. Message me if you’re interested! We’ll have some fun!
The response has been amazing! Within the first 30 minutes of posting, I received numerous notes of gratitude and requests to teach creative entrepreneurship lessons, piano, voice, stand-up comedy, music theory, and acting!
Amy and I are overjoyed to be able to invest what we can in our community and share a little grace, compassion, generosity, and love. We're also thrilled to be able to provide alternative activities to mindless, fear and panic feeding, social media scrolling.
Each of us has something we can offer to help one another during this unprecedented time in history. I want to encourage you to consider how you too can initiate something, anything, to help make life a little brighter, a little lighter, and a whole lot more full of hope for those in your communities.
Take the time to find opportunities in the midst of our present challenges. You have more to offer than you may realize.