Thank you, COVID . . .

. . . for the sharp lesson in what is real!

After two and a half years of belief that I’d escaped the virus, it finally caught up. The past three weeks have been an experience of all that is less-than-optimal with me.

I‘ve been forcibly reminded of three truisms that I was beginning to overlook and discount, namely;

  • We do not see things the way they are, we see things the way we are – Ayn Rand
  • We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them – Einstein, and
  • There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so – Hamlet (Shakespeare)


Why these three ideas in particular? Firstly, because I felt like a victim when the virus hit. It was all happening to me, and I was compelled to suffer. Secondly, because I became fixated on the effects and symptoms of the condition more so than on overcoming its attempted influence. Finally, because it all seemed negative in its impact, and it was almost impossible to see any benefits.

I dug myself into a hole of depression from which it was hard to escape. In retrospect, I realize that I was focused on the problem and its effects, rather than on the solution – regaining full health.

Many offered answers, with the very best of intentions. What I needed though, was a solution that only I could discover.

I survived! I can’t and won’t deny that it happened and that I could have handled it better than I did. My wife had a far better experience with the same ‘bug’, and this was most likely due to her different perspective.

I cannot change the course of events, but I can certainly learn from them. I’ll begin by strengthening my perspectives based on the three great insights quoted above.

COVID did its worst, and I allowed it to do so. I shall be taking a different approach should it ever reoccur.

Count on it!


  • David E.C. Huggins

    David Huggins has fully enjoyed a lifetime of experience as a military officer and as a behavioural scientist, supporting businesses and similar enterprises, at both organizational and individual levels, through leadership coaching. A contemplative Christian, he is devoted to contributing love, value, comfort, and continuity to this diverse world. He resides in Campbellville, Ontario, with his lovely and talented artist wife, Judy. Huggins David