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COVID-19 Check-In: What can we learn from a fire ant?

Mar 19, 2020

Amidst the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey, Texans began seeing something unusual floating downstream.

Fire ants, those resilient little critters whose bite gives them their name, had formed living rafts that allowed their entire colony to float until they could hit dry land and start again.

I think about those tiny, adaptable creatures a lot these days, especially in the midst of our directive for social distancing.

This "What If Wednesday," when every aspect of our "normal" lives has been disrupted, we look to the wisdom of fire ants for a lesson on how to move forward.

What if we focus on "physical distancing" to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, while at the same time increasing our "social connection" with phone calls, video chats, and other means of checking in on each other?

What if the way through a crisis is always to stick together, to get creative, and to help each other float until we find solid ground again?

What if this pandemic unites the world as one human family for the first time in modern history?

Yesterday, I shared with you my new "What If" UP! Manifesto. It came to me one day before all the shut downs began.

I have been leading "What If" UP groups for almost two decades now. I know what they can do to build up our mental and emotional resilience, tap into our creative abilities, and keep us grounded during times of stress and hardship.

Mendhi Audlin
Author of "What If It All Goes RIGHT?"

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