When ‘it’ happened, I was in a restaurant in the French ski resort of Les Gets. As the waiter delivered our main courses he said, “Enjoy your last meal in France.”
My friend and I had heard about the COVID situation in Northern Italy but hadn’t contemplated that it would so quickly drive France into lockdown. So, there we were, stuck in the mountains with no restaurants or bars, no ski lifts and the incredibly difficult job of getting transport home five days before we were due to return. Fast forward three days and myself and my friend were sitting on the tarmac in an EasyJet plane waiting for departure. He showed me a text from his wife which read something like, ‘I bet you’re glad you’re with David; he always finds a way’. Well, this gave us a great topic of conversation for the flight home. It’s not something I recognised in myself necessarily, although I always considered I had a positive mindset. The conversation with my friend on the flight (aided by a couple of glasses of Pinot Grigio), really helped me to breakdown how I think, which became a massive help as I returned home to contemplate the immediate UK lockdown.
I’m hoping by sharing some of this I will help you to reflect effectively on the madness and sadness of 2020 and take a more positive, proactive approach to the year that lies ahead. So, here’s my top four ways to ‘think on through’.