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Times of War and Covid

Times of War and Corvid

One of the things that always mystified me about my father’s generation was the way they talked about The War as if it was the best time of their lives! In fact, some of them actually went so far as to say it was the best time of their lives. To me, that’s weird.

I am incredibly grateful for the fact that I have never been called on to take up arms against another group of human beings and kill as many of them as I could! I am incredibly grateful that I’ve never been faced with the possibility that I might die a violent death before I reach the age of 25; that even if I survive, a lot of my friends won’t. I am incredibly grateful for the fact that I’ve never had to face the possibility that my country might be over-run by nasty, evil people hell-bent on destroying everything I stand for. If you did have to face such monstrous possibilities, what could possibly make you describe it as the best time in your life?

The answer is that it was a time when people pulled together like never before. There was a camaraderie like nothing they experienced before or since. And you can see that happening again now, especially among teams of N.H.S. staff in intensive care units. None of them are claiming that they’re enjoying themselves. They’re exhausted, close to breakdown, yet all of us sense that they’re going to look back on the days of the Covid crisis as the proudest days of their lives. And they should be proud. They have every right to be proud.

And then, right in the middle of all this, there’s you: studies disrupted, future uncertain, people saying you haven’t got a future, that this is the end of everything for your generation.

Now look, there’s no getting away from the fact that things are tough. But things have been tough before. But, as Dr.Robert Schuller said, “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.” Tough times don’t go on for ever. Tough people are the people who come through stronger than ever. In fact, it’s the tough people who ensure than tough times don’t last. It’s the tough people who make sure that even the not so tough people get through the tough times as well.

The tough people are the ones who come through with smiles on their faces, with pride in their hearts, sharing their stories of how they made it through the worst of times. They call on reserves of courage, compassion and a sense of humour to get them through. How are you going to respond?

From the Coach Who Rocks, until next week.