How to be Happy Even When You Are Sad, Mad or Scared:

How to be happy...How to be Happy Even When You Are Sad, Mad or Scared is available on It is a book for children of all ages (including those in adult bodies). Buy it for the children in your life so they can be better able to “feel and deal” - feel and accept their emotions and deal with them in a way that avoids being driven by them. You can order the book at
What's Next? It's up To Us Continued
“If by bringing awareness to the totality of the situation instead of glorifying your safety and serenity you infer that I am somehow manifesting the apocalypse it is you who suffers from illusions. We end the joblessness by paying workers a living wage to harvest fruits and vegetables instead of plowing them under. We use workers to turn deserts into fields with wind powered wells and irrigation...start with hemp for paper and stop cutting down forests. We get the kids out of cages and into proper orphanages from where their parents may be located and reunited with them. There is no such thing as normal anymore and hasn't been since Kennedy was killed or have you been living under a rock? The GOP is a terrorist organization in the south and an enemy of women everywhere. This is not merely a pandemic; it is a plague.

Bemoaning? Sorry the truth hurts your delicate sensibility.
Go look at the stars.”

“How does the video promote any more of an idealistic fantasy than the future you posit (and which I agree is a way forward)? Attacking in anger is one way of responding. Another is to inquire and change people's minds so that they see the reality of the current situation and the opportunity this pandemic provides for positive change. Looking at the stars is not at odds with transforming frustration and anger into taking compassionate action. In fact, it might help.”

An opinion piece [2]  reflects on Laurie Garrett's thoughts on what might be coming next - a 36 month event horizon with micro-waves of resurgence, collective rage caused by mass unemployment, frustration at the ineptitude and lack of caring of government, and anger at restrictions on social life and commerce.
The angry rage is already here on both the right and left. There is a taste of it in the exchange above and in the demonstrations against social distancing mandates.
Anger and personal attacks will do nothing to create a future in which people can live together harmoniously and healthily in a supportive environment, with enough to eat and livable shelter.
Using the energy of anger to fuel understanding and compassionate action is more likely to work. Transforming emotional energy requires personal consciousness with the capacity and commitment to speak and act civilly, without personal attacks and alienating generalizations. Name calling and labeling others as terrorists is easy. It blows off steam. But it puts more distance between people. The last thing we need is more people digging into their positions because they are angry and afraid.
What Can the Future Bring?
Yuval Harari in his book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow  paints a believable picture of a future built on our capacity to use science and technology to end famine, plague and war. That future does not necessarily promise an Eden in which the benefits of health sciences, AI and robotics flow to all. He warns of the rise of a "useless class" no longer needed for work and an elite made up of humans who have been genetically " upgraded " and who use algorithms rather than consciousness to make decisions. This could result in a gap that dwarfs the current wealth gap. Harari writes "The way humans treated animals is a good indicator for how upgraded humans will treat us."
The future is uncertain. Though, we can influence it by speaking out, remembering and teaching humanistic values, choosing effective leadership, and promoting wise and compassionate action. We can reject greedy self-serving leaders trying to hold onto their power.
Are We On Our Way?
We may already be on our way to a more perfect future. Smog and pollution have disappeared as we shelter in place. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) consciousness and economic circularity [3] are becoming mainstream and merging with increased mindful awareness and the emotional and social intelligence it brings.
Some corporate leadership and investors are seeing how a physically healthy environment, equitable and caring social action and intelligent governance are economically viable. Over hopefully not too much time we will see industries that pollute and profit from waste die out and we will see that adequate shelter, food, education and healthcare can be provided without the distortion of old political ideologies.
At the same time there are others who will resist change that threatens their profits and restricts their freedom to pollute and poison.
To avoid a dire future, we must transform the energy of fear, anger and frustration into something more effective. To work toward a future in which we use science and technology to benefit all it will take wisdom, courage and skill and the ability to be resilient in the face of uncertainty and disruption.

[3] Economic circularity is an economic system that seeks to eliminate waste through reuse sharing , repair, refurbishment,  remanufacturing  and  recycling  to create a close-loop system, minimizing the use of  resource inputs  and the creation of  waste , pollution and carbon emissions. [2]
Performance and Open-minded Mindfulness
Open-minded:  questioning everything, accepting diversity and uncertainty. 
Mindful: consciously aware; concentrated. 

Foundation for blending process, project, engagement and knowledge management into a cohesive approach to optimize performance.
By George Pitagorsky

Success is measured in how well and how regularly you meet expectations. But what exactly are expectations, and how do you effectively manage them when multiple priorities and personalities are involved?
Using the case study of a Project Manager coordinating an organizational transition, this Managing Expectations book explores how to apply a mindful, compassionate, and practical approach to satisfying expectations in any situation. George Pitagorsky describes how to make sure expectations are rational, mutually understood, and accepted by all those with a stake in the project. This process relies on blending a crisp analytical approach with the interpersonal skills needed to negotiate win-win understandings of what is supposed to be delivered, by when, for how much, by who, and under what conditions.

Managing Conflict in Projects
By George Pitagorsky

Managing Conflict in Projects: Applying Mindfulness and Analysis for Optimal Results by George Pitagorsky charts a course for identifying and dealing with conflict in a project context.

Pitagorsky states up front that conflict management is not a cookbook solution to disagreement-a set of prescribed actions to be applied in all situations. His overall approach seeks to balance two aspects of conflict management: analysis based on a codified process and people-centered behavioral skills.

The book differentiates conflict resolution and conflict management. Management goes beyond resolution to include relationship building that may serve to avoid conflict or facilitate resolution if it occurs.
The  Zen  Approach to Project Management 
By George Pitagorsky

Projects are often more complex and stressful than they need to be. Far too many of them fail to meet expectations. There are far too many conflicts. There are too few moments of joy and too much anxiety. But there is hope. It is possible to remove the unnecessary stress and complexity. This book is about how to do just that. It links the essential principles and techniques of managing projects to a "wisdom" approach for working with complex, people-based activities.