I have been thinking about my culture bumps with coronavirus. Could I use the 8 steps to help my own stress level? I thought I would give it a try.
In these days of dealing with the coronavirus, there are thousands of things, from staying home, to wearing masks to zoom meetings that are catching my attention. I found that using the culture bump steps gave me a fresh, new, more empowering way of the experience of wearing masks.In addition, walking through the 8 steps, I discovered a deeper meaning embedded in the same bump.
Step 1: Pinpoint the culture bump.
Since this step is concerned with paying attention to the things that catch my attention, I focus on interacting with people while wearing a mask.
Looking at other people while I am wearing a mask while shopping is a culture bump for me.
- Describe what the other person(s) did.
People looked at their shopping carts or groceries when I looked at them in the grocery store.
- Describe what you did.
I looked over my own mask at them and tried to look in their eyes.
- List the emotions you felt when the bump happened.
I felt surprised, alone and separated, fearful, sad, invisible
- Find the universal situation in the culture bump
Responding to strangers in a public place
- Describe what you would do or expect others to do in that same situation.
When I think about trying to respond to strangers in a public place, I try to make eye contact and smile…maybe say hello.
- List the qualities you feel that action demonstrates
When I make eye contact and smile, maybe say hello, I think I am being friendly.
- Ask or think about how those qualities are demonstrated by other people.
As I think about this, I realize that being friendly for me is one of the ways that I believe that I can be a positive influence in this world. Just as Lady Bird Johnson said, “Leave the world a little better than you found it.” I feel less positive about myself and more concerned about others when I cannot connect. This brings me to think about alternative ways that I can connect with “strangers” in public…