At a business conference in Orlando a few years ago, we were given after-hours access to Epcot’s mission:Space ride.
I squeezed into a space vessel the size of a bathroom stall alongside three women whom I’d just invited to connect on LinkedIn.
Inside was a 3-D monitor, a control panel of blinking lights, and a set of branded barf bags. The door sealed shut and I grabbed the arm of the woman next to me, a project manager from Sacramento.
“Carolyn, please tell me we’re not really going into outer space.”
She peered at me through her Warby Parkers and spoke very slowly. “We’re not going anywhere.”
But tell my brain that.
Because based on what my brain told me, I WAS 100% CATAPULTED INTO OUTER SPACE.
Thank God for Gary Sinise, who guided our mission safely back to Earth seven minutes later. After which, I wanted desperately to lie down.
What we’re experiencing right now is no amusement, nor is it a simulation. And it’s not a short ride.
The mission:Space ride is in some ways a fitting analogy for what this feels like:
We’re confined, and yet hurtling out of orbit. We’re home—and yet, far from home.
Depending on your line of work, you might be very stressed—or you may be feeling stalled and unproductive. Or both. However you define it, the coronavirus has launched us into the vast, dark unknown.
But it’s also hit the RESET button—and given us an invitation to reflect, to consider, to explore.
This opportunity may be whispering to you in different ways: To explore new skills or hobbies, new job opportunities…or maybe a new line of work altogether.
A friend of mine started making friendship bracelets. A lot of friendship bracelets.
What if you dedicated time to do some writing?
Writing isn’t just for people who majored in it, or who get paid to do it. It’s a powerful tool for accessing your best ideas.
Every day, you get an email from me with a 20-minute audio program. All you need to do is sit down, press play, listen, and WRITE — and you get the sense of accomplishment that comes from spending time on the stuff that matters to you.
Seriously, it’s $1/day! Don’t wait.