These are interesting times. It seems to me that we are moving out of something of a “phoney war” represented by a combination of fear and novelty to something altogether more substantial.
As the reality of furloughs bite, redundancies become real, and the sheer boredom as we go into a fifth week of seemingly unending lockdown, many people are seeing their world differently.
Whether it’s the time to reflect, the forced change of habit, or the requirement to innovate their lives, insights worm their way into consciousness.
Maybe the commute that was part of the routine is seen for what it is – around 20% of or workday spent like a sardine practicing, and 12.5% of our waking hours.
Maybe the fact that working from home is much more feasible than we imagined.
Maybe the realisation that along with the banter in the office, there is also the politics and the unending meetings.
Perhaps the idea that there is a better way – as yet indeterminate, but a possibility making its presence felt.
These few weeks are important. We are in a liminal space – a time of “betwixt and between” between our previous routines, and a new set once this particular crisis passes its peak.
The easy route, to a future given to us by others is to go with the flow and accept what comes.
The alternative route, to give your insights room to grow. To nurture them and watch them grow like the nature outside your door right now. To explore possibility. To entertain the idea of a second future, driven by you.
To start becoming what you are capable of.
Riskier? – almost certainly.
Transformational? – very possibly.
These few weeks are precious. They will come again, but almost certainly without warning and not when you’re ready.
There will be more events like Coronavirus. Maybe another pandemic, maybe an impact of climate change, perhaps the impact of technology. we can be generally certain that these events will happen, but not specifically when – which is why we ignore them.
Not a good idea.
I don’t this is a blip. It’s a rehearsal.
Instead, we can learn from what is happening to us and prepare:
- Make a list of what’s been bad about this crisis, and what you’ve valued in it.
- Write down what you’ve learned about the importance of what you do. Is your job the coffee, or the capuccino froth?
- Consider how you have been treated by your employer during this time. Some have been exceptional; more have not.
- Write a letter to yourself from your future self five years from now, explaining why you made the decisions you are about to make, what happened next, and the surprises that took you to where you are.
- Explore possibility with those you trust.
- Give yourself options.
We cannot predict the future, because it hasn’t happened yetMargaret Heffernan
We all have a choice of two futures. Use this time to compare them.