Calm Has A Coefficient

“Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers, is like trying to tell time by watching only the second hand of a watch.”
 Ben Hecht


As we continue to live through this pandemic, I have observed that there seem to be two very distinct groups of people. The first group appears to be in a constant state of agitation, frustration and/or a heightened state of anxiety. However, the second group seems to have settled into a state of “Covid acclimatization” that I would best describe as almost “calm-like”.

Seth Godin shares his opinions on this perceived state of mind in his excellent post entitled, “Calm Also Has a Coefficient”. Godin makes the observation that so much of how we “feel” is directly related to whom and what we are exposing ourselves on a daily basis. Who are the people I am spending most of my time with? What influence are they having on my life? And the most important question … is this influence impacting me positively or negatively? And be especially careful regarding your daily media consumption. I very much appreciate the wisdom in Godin’s observation that, “Being up-to-date on the news is a trap and a scam. Five minutes a day is all you need”.

No one knows when this pandemic will run its course. However, I do believe that if we consciously curate our environment, not only will we successfully navigate this unique period in history … we may even flourish in it.


Keith N. Thomson

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