What Is Important In Our Lives?

Amidst the uncertainties that the global pandemic has caused us, it also opens up opportunities for people to reflect on what really is essential in our lives. What are some of your realizations during those trying times?

Gregg Krech discusses how people can get clarity of what's vital in their lives during times of uncertainty.

Gregg: I think that because so many of us are in isolation and a number of us have found that we now have extra time on our head. We can control in many cases how we use that time.

So we can use that time binge-watching on Netflix but we can also use that time doing some quiet self-reflection on exactly the kinds of questions and the issues that you're raising, which is to try to really get in touch with what is important in our lives. 

I think you're right in many cases people do immediately start thinking of the people that they're close to: their loved ones, their family, their good friends, their teachers, those suddenly rise in importance as we're faced with a situation and we really can think about the relative value of different aspects of our life.

So I think that's one of the things that can come out of this. 

I had an online meeting with people who've been in a course that I just finished called the “Art of Taking Action.” We were talking about the circumstances and this one gentleman who's probably in his 60s or early 70s was saying that he has three daughters.

So they set up a way to kind of connect online but one of them has been estranged from him for many years now, and so he was connecting with his other two children and one of his other daughters said do you want me to ask the third daughter if she wants to be part of this family connection.

He said you can ask her out, I'm guessing that she's going to have no interest, but she did have an interest. She actually reconnected with her family, particularly her father, which hasn't happened for years. 

So I'm not trying to paint a picture of the Coronavirus as being full of blessings. But in this case, one of the outcomes of people's reflection on what's important is that we think about some of the estrangement that we may have from other people in our lives, particularly family members.

We realised that if something happens to them, or something happens to me, we don't want things to end with that kind of unfinished business. So in this case, the threat of this virus may move us in the direction of reconnecting more compassionately or kindly, with people that we've been disconnected from.