Regaining control

by Jini Stolk

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been truly distressed by the political situation in the country below ours. Or maybe my spirits are low because of the changing of the seasons.

Anyway, it’s time to pull myself together and stop watching CNN (forever); purchase an insulated jacket from MEC (available in maroon, blue or black); and take some of the following wise advice to heart:

  • Emotional agility is a learned skill that allows us to step back and respond to stress or negative feelings with curiosity and acceptance.
  • Energy is contagious. It springs from a purposeful vision, engages and inspires, and is an essential aspect of inclusive, successful leadership.
  • Confidence, composure, connection, clarity. These can all be developed with personal reflection and practice, and are all parts of the “executive presence”  we’ll need to cope calmly and decisively when Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale turns out not to be the story of a future dystopia but simply a precis of last week’s breaking news.
  • If we’re thinking of giving up, throwing it all over and hiding from the world, maybe we need to refresh our ikigai – the “reason for being” that’s found in the confluence of what we love, what we’re good at, what the world needs, and what we can be paid for.
  • But if it’s really just about the Changing of the Seasons, maybe this by Two Door Cinema Club will help.
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