Posted: March 27, 2020 in: Pain-2-Power, Personal Empowerment

Ten Pain-2-Power Coronavirus Questions

We’re being deluged with information about Coronavirus through television and the Internet, by text and by email and by phone.  The media, friends and family are, of course, distributing and exchanging news, facts, rumors and advice all day, every day, while most Americans observe social distancing, working from home or having been laid off from work.  The influx of information can leave us with little time to ponder what living through this pandemic means to us, personally—not only emotionally, but financially, spiritually and, yes, politically.  That’s why I have created ten Pain-2-Power Coronavirus questions that may prompt you to take the time, and devote the introspection, to define (and perhaps write down or record) these very significant and very personal thoughts, feelings and opinions.

The questions are broad, by intent.  Different people may focus on themselves or others or the world around them, in answering each one.

Why would taking the time to answer the Coronavirus questions be helpful at such a stressful time?  One reason is that it takes a lot of energy to keep our heartfelt thoughts, feelings and opinions from surfacing.  That energy could be put to better use.  A second reason is that answering the questions may lead you to important reflections about life that you later choose to share with others—in order to deepen your discussions with them and your relationships with them.  Lastly, I hope that the questions simply lead you to know yourself a bit better than before.  And that’s one very real way of turning pain into power.

You can answer one or two questions at a time, or go through the whole list in one or two sittings.  You may also want to answer each of the Coronavirus questions more than once, allowing a few days, or even a week, to pass, in between.  As the pandemic evolves, your answers may evolve, too.

Ten Coronavirus Questions

  1. The two most inspiring moments I have experienced during the pandemic have been:
  2. The two most disappointing or sad moments I have experienced during the pandemic have been:
  3. Looking back, I hope that I can describe myself as having responded to Coronavirus by:
  4. If I had to describe this period of time to someone who would read my thoughts about 50 or even 100 years from now, I would describe it this way:
  5. The biggest stress I am facing right now, related to Coronavirus, is:
  6.  The pandemic is bringing up these memories of other times in my life when I confronted adversity or experienced loss:
  7. I find myself wishing that I could spend time with these people, with these very special qualities that I miss:
  8. The pandemic has me thinking in these ways about political leaders and their decisions:
  9. When the pandemic is over, I believe I will be changed by it in these ways, in terms of my view of myself and of others and of the world around me:
  10. There will be other pandemics, at some point in the future (hopefully, a very long time from now).  If someone living through a pandemic 100 years from now were reading my thoughts about this one, I would want them to know this:

When we bury our thoughts and feelings we short-circuit our true power to connect with ourselves and with others.  I hope these ten questions provide points of departure for powerful thoughts about this unprecedented time.


Dr. Keith Ablow


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