What to Expect When You're (Not) Expecting...

As I write to you today, I sit in what can only be described as not-so-proverbial quarantine. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting precautionary measures taken throughout the world - shuttering of schools, restaurants, retail chains, etc. - life has been anything but ordinary over the recent weeks. It has all been so surreal, so unexpected.


It's been unlike anything I have ever experienced, extending to the corners of the world, crippling economies, stifling routine. What's a person to do amidst such unusual circumstances? Seems there are two choices - so distinct from one another, so drastically different. Adapt and Act or Accept and Wait.


It's clear the obvious choice here, in the ring of chaos and uncertainty, is to adapt, to act. But how? Everything we once considered normal and easy has been stripped of its normality and ease...


1️⃣ STEP ONE: GET INFORMED

If you are going to adapt to anything you must first know that to which you must adapt, right? In any situation, it's important to understand how it is impacting (and will impact) your world, both directly and indirectly. As an example, at Helium, we source our books from local libraries - if they close due to coronavirus concerns, we are admittedly put in a tough spot. We had to (and will continue to have to) remain current as to libraries' operating status and contingency plans. It's critical in our planning to understand how our supporting resources are being affected.