Thoughts and attitudes to take with us into the corona crisis


In times of crisis we are often forced to change.

We know from history that when a situation changes, so does often behaviour and then again attitudes will follow. In Norway the Tobacco Act is a good example of this. When it first was prohibited to smoke at restaurants and other public places, many reacted with opposing the act, this also included the non-smokers. Despite the resistance over the change, the behaviour adjusted as a result of the changed situation. What is noteworthy is that the attitude also shifted over time, also amongst the smokers.

Today, around the world, we all find ourselves in the same boat. This crisis could be a crucial moment and an important turning point that will strengthen common understanding, global cooperation, a healthier world and a better future for the young generation.

It has made it easier for us to understand that everything relies on everything. The crisis has made it clear how dependent we are on each other, and it has strengthened our commitment to one another. I think the crisis will help people from all over the world to better be able to envision themselves as a part of a bigger picture.

I would think that the ones who will make it out of this the easiest are the ones who have got hope, passion, awareness around own values, a positive attitude to challenges, an ability to face hardship and having a personal vision and goals for the future.

I assume these are good thoughts for the corona crisis and the time that will come thereafter: “I am learning a lot through this process and crisis”, “I am feeling unsure about what is to come, but I will face it with a positive attitude”, “Through hard work I can almost always reach my goals”, “New challenges motivate me”, “I believe to have many positive qualities”.

Our ability to cope with the crisis, instability and pain we are facing says a lot about our attitude to discomfort, uncertainty and unpredictability.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Viktor Frankl (who sat in a concentration camp for three years during World War II)

«The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word «crisis». One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.» John F. Kennedy

«Never waste a good crisis.» Winston Churchill