Seven Timeless Truths To Help In Strange Times

The right words at the right time can help us get through the strangest of times. These timeless truths serve to encourage us by reminding us that as a human race, we have overcome challenging times through innovation and adaption, and we will again. 

1. Imagination is everything. 

Regardless of the limits we might feel in this pandemic, our imagination and creativity are limitless. Albert Einstein understood the power of this when he said:

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

It is through our collective imagination and creativity that we will create new ways of living within the limitations of this pandemic and beyond.

2. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Extraordinary claims must have robust and exceptional evidence to support them. We are all clutching at straws in the hope that a miracle treatment will quickly rid the world of COVID-19. It is because of this hope for an escape that we can easily fall into the trap of believing every article or information pushed by someone with a medical degree or an important-sounding title. Wait for the evidence. If something is real, it will be proven with solid and sound evidence. Until then, it is only a theory. 

3. Actions speak louder than words.

What you do defines you. It does not matter what you say or what you believe; it will be your actions that others hear. This timeless advice relates equally to our leaders; we hear your actions louder than your words. 

4. Learning Curves Can Be Steep At First

The human race is always learning and growing. Much of what we considered to be a scientific fact even 100 years ago is no longer valid. When there are new facts, the learning process is often one of trial and error. The learning curve about COVID-19 has been steep and happening at light-speed. What was considered to be a fact two months ago may not hold to be true tomorrow. Be comfortable that this steep learning curve is normal as new information is learned. The curve will flatten. 

5. Adaption is in our DNA

Every one of us is alive today thanks to a long line of survivors. Our ancestors survived through impossibly difficult upheavals in our world, and as the descendants of this endless line of survivors, we have learned how to adapt in order to survive. Consider how quickly we have adapted every part of our societies to cope with this pandemic. It is in times of dire need that our innate ability to adapt to survive comes to the front through innovation and reorganisation. 

6. Professionals are amateurs who learned from their mistakes.

L’amateur in French is someone who does something because they are passionate about it. Now we have more time on our hands to do the things we love. We do not have to be productive all the time and can instead embrace this chance to be an amateur. Take time to enjoy honing and perfecting new skills, for it is in embracing the passion of the amateur that new ideas, creations and opportunities are born, and new professionals are formed. 

7. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

This is the Golden Rule of humanity. It reminds us to treat others with the respect and kindness we would expect to be treated with. More than this, it reminds us to be considerate of the impact our actions have on others. Wearing a face mask is a modern parable for this rule. I wear it not because it protects me, but because it protects you. And, if we both wear one, we keep each other safe and protected. 

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

Charles Darwin