Thriving in Turbulent Times
News reports are scary; we all have new respect for first responders, health care workers, medical scientists, and those engaged in the food supply chain; social distancing is a phrase that has entered our lexicon.
Turbulent times. It would be very easy for this message to focus on the on-going COVID-19 challenge and talk about the fragility of the world we live in, and the analogy of today's crisis with other environmental challenges facing us in the years ahead. And, it would be just as easy to suggest that our current circumstance is a "new normal" that we just need to adapt to and carry on with business as usual. Instead I want to use this opportunity to talk about the amazing people within Environmental and Ecological Engineering, and how they are responding during this ongoing outbreak.
I don’t want to let this message get too long because there are many great things to read inside this EEE newsletter. While it is certainly too early to draw any meaningful conclusions from the ongoing pandemic, I do want to share a few thoughts from others. When Prof. MacKay of Ohio State spoke at this past week’s research seminar, she suggested that we should all “be patient, be flexible, be kind.” Dan Sullivan (Strategic Coach) encourages us to focus on others and our relationships, focus on today and our progress, and focus on what’s available and look for opportunities. To adapt the old adage of Warren Buffet, when others are overcome with fear, we should look for opportunities to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others.
So, in these turbulent and scary times, I hope that all alumni, friends, and partners are healthy and stay that way. Stay safe!