Move Slowly – This Will Be Awkward

This morning my mama has to go to the grocery store. She lives 2,102 miles away from me in the Coachella Valley where there have been COVID-19 deaths and the average age is over 70.

One of the things I do for my clients is to build their plans and protocols. I’ve built plans for emergency shutdowns for some of the world’s foremost data centers and restaurant systems and hotels.

You document all the steps to take ahead of time because of the impact of adrenaline.

When the hormone that controls fight or flight is circulating in your body you lose your long term memory and time gets weird. You have to have those protocol checklists to help you remember every step in a complex process.

Over text last night I gave my mom an extensive list of how to grocery shop (which is truly ironic and funny).

Me: This is going to be awkward because you’ve been grocery shopping daily for 50 years. You have to just move slowly.
My mom: You know, it would be helpful to have this as a checklist I can print out.

If I can do this for complex mechanical facilities I can use those skills for my mama.

She thought this checklist I made would be helpful for all of you.

Remember today that adrenaline is circulating in your body. Fight it by only doing what you can control.



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