In the pandemic, I see a small circle of light.

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I was on a live discussion with Author/Philosopher Tom Morris last week and he noted that the first definition of “corona” in the dictionary is, “a small circle of light.”

While I am certainly not in a place to reflect fondly on this bizarre and tragic COVID era, I’m settling into the “new normal” routine and can begin to see some positives of my current situation.

My small circle of light today includes:

  • I’m alive. I survived a COVID scare and have a new (healthier?) view of my own mortality.

So … this has been an experience. I’ve had high highs and low lows. But the momentum is shifting a little, I think. It helps that my business has bounced back in a dramatic fashion, but other parts of my life are calming down, too.

Of course I miss friends, music festivals, and food in exotic places. I miss applause. I miss my passport which is lonely, buried in a dark drawer now. I can still feel sad if I dwell on what I’m missing and the potential scenarios ahead of us. A focus on doing something positive each day helps keep me in the “now” instead of the “what if.”

But six months into this, I can also appreciate the small circle of light instead of a seemingly endless eclipse.

Despite the chronic anxiety of our world, my urgent hope and prayer is that “corona” is starting to show up somewhere as a small circle of light for you, too. Is there something happening in this crisis that is creating a positive for you? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section.

I appreciate you and the time you took out of your day to read this! You can find more articles like this from me on the top-rated {grow} blog and while you’re there, take a look at my Marketing Companion podcast and my keynote speaking page. For news and insights find me on Twitter at @markwschaefer and to see what I do when I’m not working, follow me on Instagram.

Originally published at on September 10, 2020.

Written by

Chieftain of the blog {grow}, strategy consultant, educator, podcaster, author of Return On Influence, The Content Code, and The Tao of Twitter.

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