By Jacqueline Loos
Currently, many people are worrying about their lives and the lives of their beloved ones. Some people, especially the most vulnerable among us, may be losing the little income they have during this time of shutdown, or work under circumstances that won´t allow them the luxury of physical distancing, not enjoying any health insurance, while maybe having no access to clean water or facing domestic violence during #stayhome.
Meanwhile, worries about a scientific career or general academic productivity seem irrelevant, yet there is a real pressure for success for people working in research. Maybe it´s a good time now to reconcile what we can consider a success at day-to-day basis. Here some suggestions what we can consider successes instead:
- Every minute of focus on or constructive thoughts about work is already a tiny step towards our original goals.
- Accepting the current condition is already a crucial step to surrender. There´s something bigger in life than us.
- Allow admiration for the many creative ideas people develop to adapt to the paralyzing uncertainty
- Every moment of not focusing on work is a chance to follow a deep breath of air, to cultivate mindfulness
- Each “real” or virtual smile from across the street or from internet meetings shows the difference between physical and social distancing
- Knowing and acknowledging all those people are out there to help others
- Not focusing on work may be time that we dedicate to give our best to care for others, and seeing that others trying to do the same