Must Read Tips for COPING! (Not What You Think)

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

The current global situation…

has afforded all of us way more “alone” time than we’ve most likely every experienced.

Even if we are blessed to be in a pod of close family, for the most part, we’ve never had to stay so distanced from one another.

Obviously, that’s been a challenge given the way life used to be only a few short weeks ago…and many of us are coping differently.

Whether it’s way more Netflix, social media, trips to the fridge, or even staying overwhelmingly “lockdown busy” than before, we’re all self-medicating in our own ways to stay sane.

Being guilty of the latter tactic, I recently realized that it would be a truly missed opportunity to have this (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime global freeze of activity come and go without me getting the full personal transformation available from it.

In some zoom weekly group chats (posted below), we’ve been pondering the question “What if this has all happened for us versus to us? What’s the blessing to be experienced?”

In these zoom discussions, we’ve noted the greater technological faculties that we’ve all gained (e.g., becoming zoom experts overnight), the increased amount of quality time with family, and perhaps the opportunity for personal growth and expansion that we now have time for (which we usually don’t).

If you haven’t reaped the “blessings” out of this situation yet, I encourage you to make time to look deeper to find yours. Like the story of Jacob in the book of Genesis, don’t let this “angel” get away without giving you a blessing.

Consider COPING as your Covid Ordered Personal Instigation of New Growth…whatever that growth may look like for you.

Is it taking the time to educate yourself on the path toward your dreams? You’ve got plenty of time and the world of the internet at your fingertips!

Is it finding ways to connect with the people you’ve always wanted to know and be known by?There are methods for connecting through research projects (see “Never Apply for a Job Again”) which can have you catch folks’ attention…and at a time when they have more time than usual to respond!

Is it taking more opportunities to simply be still and listen to your inner wisdom? You can carve out more time now for meditation and contemplation than ever!

God Bless Netflix, social media, the fridge and being busy, and yet have your COPING time be invested wisely for these next few weeks…so that you arise from this entombment with the blessings it was here to give you, personally.

NOTE: We’ve been offering twice weekly conversations for our communities to help twist our minds toward these alternative ways of thinking. If you are in career transition or waylaid professionally by the current pandemic, or a business owner or organizational executive dealing with new issues due to COVID-19, or simply want to converse pro-actively, join us for powerful questions and (our best possible) answers.

Join Darrell W Gurney and Alexandra Levin for two half-hour, full participation zoom meeting each week as we all learn how to play work and life differently in these very interesting times.

Tuesdays and Fridays at 12noon PST:

These zoom conferences are offered simply as a service to make our particular skills, knowledge, understandings and aptitudes available to career professionals and business owners who may have questions we can answer or issues or challenges we might help resolve.

We’re not experts on everything, but we may know a thing or two about a thing or two that could help you.

(PSST: If you want to also join our other Back Forty community for a more finding-the-blessings-in-this meeting beforehand, register here: 

Darrell W. Gurney, PCC, RScP
• Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
• 30-year career and business coach, seminar leader, author, speaker, and licensed spiritual counselor
• Founder of, and
• Author of “Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters”, winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book; the Amazon Bestseller “Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest;” and the upcoming game-changer “The Back Forty: The Ride of Your Life. 7 Essential Embraces for Life’s Radical Second Half”
• Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC), Certified Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC), Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), Licensed Spiritual Counselor (RScP)
More about him at

Alexandra I. Levin, PCC, MBA, SPHR
• Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
• 30-year professional Human Resources executive (SPHR Certified), organizational and leadership facilitator, training and development expert, and executive/business coach
• MBA and founder of ConsciousOrg
• Author of The Back Forty IMBUE Journal
• Co-Founder of The Back Forty INFUSE Program
More about her at

Need some personal support in COPING in career, business or personal life? Schedule a session here for support in turning this whole thing into a personal angel visit into your life.

Got COPING mechanisms?

“Out of destruction…comes new growth.”
-Nova Reed

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