How are you, your friends and family navigating these challenging times?  

As the days turn into weeks, we are all becoming comfortable with our new routines that include social distancing and voluntary isolation.  We are getting rather efficient at combining grocery lists for friends and family and taking turns venturing out into our communities.

As I’ve been participating in video conference calls, on-line meetings and virtual group discussions I’ve noticed that there is a new emotion finding its way into our conversations.


We are still fearful of the unknown but we are becoming familiar with our new sense of reality and beginning to see a glimmer of  light at the end of the tunnel.

We are all hopeful.

On a personal level, we are looking for a sense of comfort and security.  I’ve noticed that voluntary isolation opens the door to creativity.  I have seen some amazing posts from folks who are sharing pictures of their artwork, writing poetry and playing music.

On the business front, most of my clients are taking this opportunity to work “on their business” while they cannot work “in their business.”  Polishing up strategic plans and brainstorming new ideas.  

I was having a conversation with a client… we were discussing it is when we feel most uncomfortable that we become the most creative. When you throw enough spaghetti on the wall something will stick; that’s innovation. Metaphorically, we were referring to the development of great ideas.

We began to brainstorm:  If we could do anything at all what would we do?  The sky is the limit.

After sharing some pretty outrageous ideas, she shouted: 
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – that it, that’s what I’m going to do!”

She was referring to a new and innovative way to connect with her customers that will encourage referrals and recognize repeat clients. We shared a chuckle or two because she used an unusual word to describe her enthusiasm.  It was something we both remembered from our youth.  It was energizing to banter these crazy ideas using an anything is possible attitude.

It builds a sense of hope! 

In the not too distant future, we will receive the green light to begin socializing again.  It is at this point that we will truly feel our new sense of normal.  We will have changed a thing or two about our personal and professional routines that will contribute to the future and our new sense of normal.

While we are hopeful, in the meantime, we also share an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

We are grateful each day for the safety of our friends and family. 
Grateful for the time to rest and hit the reset button.
Grateful for the love and friendship we share with family and friends.
Hopeful that the world will once again become safe.
Hopeful that everyone around the world will find peace and prosperity.

As we navigate these extra ordinary circumstances we look for comfort between the anxiety and fear by creating a sense of hope and gratitude.

Sometimes, there are no words to best describe our current situation, but, I’d like to think we share a smile or two when we shout: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” 

A word that is playful, creates hope and fills us with gratitude.

Trish Tonaj is a Master Coach, Author, Mentor and Speaker offering keynotes on mentorship and workshops to scale your business. She is the founder and guest blog host for a portal in support of mentorship and the entrepreneurial spirit.  We invite you to share your story!