When the going gets tough…

How many times have you heard someone say after a tragedy, “I never thought something like this would happen in our small town. It’s unbelievable.”

Well, it could, and it can, and it did.

We have been living in a fantasy world, a fairy tale where we didn’t understand that something as tiny as a virus could threaten our health, our lifestyle, and even overwhelm our modern medical system. It was easy for us to go about our business. The USA and Canada don’t have a lot of issues that come right in the front door and threaten us.

This global pandemic is definitely a wake-up call for us, as North Americans, and for the whole world.

Now is a call for courage.  Now you must choose to face a new version of reality, and form a new vision for your life.

I am confident that you can do it. Human beings are resourceful and resilient. We will survive and thrive.

When I label me, I create me…

I describe myself as a peaceful warrior. It is a label I am fine using in terms of my character. In my world, the point is – I always have a choice.

This doesn’t mean that I always get to choose the circumstances in which I live (COVID-19 has made that obvious); it means that I get to choose whether I react (with fear) or respond (with courage).

I believe that extreme circumstances reveal the character of the person living in those circumstances.

What will you choose when you feel your choices are limited?

Give in to panic and give up?


To tap into your inner warrior – weather this storm and put your life back together afterward?

As I see it, it begins with your thoughts about it. When we are under a state of emergency and shelter in place orders, we have ample time to consider who we choose to be in the face of adversity.

I’m not saying it will be easy.  Or that we won’t suffer, because we are suffering.

With the exception of some extreme weather events, North Americans have had it easy when it comes to the dark side of Mother Nature. She always had a dark side. Eastern philosophy has taught this dualistic concept for eons. There are always two sides to a coin.

Embrace your feelings. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Be a responsible citizen and stay home so you aren’t part of the problem. This also makes you a great citizen of Earth, as you are performing a vital service for humanity.

But most of all, I suggest taking this time to understand who you are as a person – what makes you tick. Deeply consider what you can do to help rebuild your society when this storm passes…because we have woken up in a new world, different for sure, but it will become what we make it.

We will need clear-eyed, focused, thoughtful men and women like you more than ever.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Think about it. Rock your wise. I believe in you.


Published by Paula D. Tozer

I am a writer, poet and singer/songwriter. I am a Toastmaster, motivational speaker, personal creativity coach, and workshop leader. My most sincere wish is to share my words with others, and that we both benefit from the exchange.

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