Corona Virus and Red or Green

 

If you have ever eaten in a New Mexican restaurant your wait staff will finish your order request with a question. “Red or Green?” Meaning do you want red or green Chile sauce topping. The centuries old debate as to which is better continues into modern day. Personally I like red.

However what does this have to do with the current Corona Virus? Before I share my thoughts I want to share another story.

There was a popular trainer wanting to make an important point while speaking to a large group. She asked the participants to all stand and look at her. Then she said. “For two minutes I want you to look around the room and memorize all items that are red.” Quietly everyone looked around counting and cataloging everything they could find that was red. The pattern in the wallpaper, the scarf on the lady in the third row. Anything and everything. At the end of two minutes everyone sat down waiting to be called and declare the highest number of red objects that they found. After silence returned to the room the trainer called on a professionally dressed lady in the second row. Before postulating her question the trainer asked her to stand, close her eyes and not peek. She stood up waiting to recite her answer with glee when the trainer asked. “How many green objects can you name for me?” The she and the room fell eerily quiet. After an uncomfortable time of total silence, the trainer shared the reason for her example.

The human mind has the uncanny ability through the reticulation node to find and retain desired information, in this case objects that are red, while ignoring other details. Don’t believe me? Ask any new mother how she is able to hear the whimper of her new born baby in the middle of the night while in a deep sleep and not hear the car with the bad muffler traveling outside her bedroom window.

What does this have to do with the corona virus? Before I answer that I want to acknowledge the seriousness of this pandemic and the importance of doing what is right and following professional advice to curb the spread of the virus. Following physical distancing (nor social distancing) and increased sanitary washing of our hands etc.

The red or green example shows that when we focus of something, e.g. corona virus, we can ignore what we should be focused on. Namely, looking after each other with concern and passion. Seeing the positive side effects of our challenge. For me, yesterday for the first time in five days, I went outside and walked around the block. It was a beautiful day in the high 60’s. The sky was the brightest blue I can remember with puffy cotton ball white clouds just for decoration. The mocking jays had a chorus song between the trees and the street lights. I was not the only one out there dozens of families also outside keeping their personal distancing giving a friendly nod or snappy two finger salute to say “Hi, I see you.”

Look for the good stuff, knowing that the bad will always be there, no Poly Anna here, be safe pay attention. Help when you can. Try to see both red or green or what the New Mexicans call “Christmas.”

By Kevin Cloney

Many times I’ve been called an “expert generalist” because of my extensive background in the corporate and entrepreneurial world. My past and present experiences have provided me with expert skills and knowledge that can take my clients from making a living to making a life. Teaching concepts like “rigid flexibility” and “intent versus reality.” my clients are “choosing to aspire.” Flexible enough to guide my clients as a consultant, mentor or life coach whichever they prefer they learn “to do better what others do well.” As a commercial hot air balloon pilot with thousands of flights in an aircraft without steering or brakes I have acquired skills and knowledge that I convey to my clients. Fulfilling their desire to aspire!

“Choosing to aspire by doing better what others do well.”

Teaching concepts like “rigid flexibility” and “intent versus reality.” my clients are “choosing to aspire.” Flexible enough to guide my clients as a consultant, mentor or life coach whichever they prefer they learn “to do better what others do well.” As a commercial hot air balloon pilot with thousands of flights in an aircraft without steering or brakes I have acquired skills and knowledge that I convey to my clients. Fulfilling their desire to aspire!

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