Doc Brown from the movie Back to the Future might have offered Marty the advice to “skip over 2020”! We have not yet invented time-travel to bring us out of this gravelly experience, nor can we travel to a different realm (not most of us, anyway). We’ve embarked on new territory, together yet separate, and altogether changed.
Can we bring curiosity with the changes?
I wonder what opportunities would be lost without having gone through these personal, communal, national, and global changes. I invite us all to consider that this change, or shift, may be giving us necessary insight, and to stay curious as to what loss, grief, change, and the unknown, brings up in each one of us.
What does the sweet nectar of silence say to you?
If this time in your life has given you pause, what parts of it do you not want to “go back to normal”. What is normalcy anyway?
A friend poignantly pointed out that for all the judgments surrounding people of the younger generation being on their phones and drenched in technology; it is these young ones that have shown us the way through this crisis of change. They’ve taught us just how to stay connected through the use of technology.
This newfound reliance on technology to ensure children can continue with education, essential businesses can still provide services and food, and loved ones can stay connected, has all been necessary albeit nuanced. Turning it around, with this increased awareness, when can we put the technology away, and de-mobile-ize?
What will be the collective turnaround?
Increased Awareness For anyone that has gone through a harrowing experience, and come out the other side a different (wiser, happier, evolved) person, knows that change is not congenial. Tornadoes are not gentle. There is tragedy and loss. Anger and animosity. A feeling of loss of control.
And hopefully, acceptance and ascension. To climb up, sometimes we have to go out. Outside the crisis, and inside ourselves. Consider this: control isn’t always not dying.
Do you now have an enhanced awareness of what health is? This time beckons a deeper self literacy.
Listen. Take a pause. Go outside, without a mask, and listen. Drink in nature. Breathe in, breathe out. It’s simple, and profound. Give yourself this pause everyday.