COVID-19 has taken away so much from us, including our sense of control. Our plans have been cancelled, and our movements are restricted. We can no longer go where we want when we want with whomever we choose. Loss of control may make us angry or fearful or frustrated (or all of those!). In its absence, we begin to play games of If Only or What If in an attempt to regain a bit of what we’ve lost.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their series titled Growing Viral: Well-Being in the Age of Corona. Each episode of the series will look at common ways we are responding and reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic and seeing how we can move toward wholeness. All six episodes from this series were released together and are ready for listening. For this conversation, Erin and Hannah discuss the loss of control we are all experiencing. From rebelling against the restrictions to compulsively adhering to them, we all react differently to the way this pandemic is exerting its power over our lives. This desire to control outcomes is especially prevalent in national economy discussions, where experts and leaders try to determine the best course of action that limits loss of life while salvaging our way of life. What does our desire for control reveal about our heart condition? How can our need for security cause us to choose outcomes that prosper the wallet but destroy the soul? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we pursue wholeness together. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.


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Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give the whole series a listen:

Persuasion 190 | Pursuing Wholeness in a Viral Age

Persuasion 191 | Practicing Lament in a Viral Age, with John Starke

Persuasion 192 | Seeking Justice in a Viral Age

Persuasion 193 | Releasing Control in a Viral Age

Persuasion 194 | Finding Goodness in a Viral Age

Persuasion 195 | Looking Ahead in a Viral Age


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1 Comment

  1. One of my favorite things about this article and podcast was the central question: What does our desire for control reveal about our heart condition? In this time of quarantine, we have all had ample time to develop new habits and think, responding to a situation and condition we have yet to face or even really consider before now. What a challenging thing to consider and ponder upon. Thank you for posing this question and giving tips and insight into how one might go about answering it. Thank you for encouraging a pursuit of wholeness during this time and having a “come alongside” tone in approaching these tougher conversations.

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