As the pandemic wears on into another month and we continue to swirl with uncertainty and fear, it is hard to look at the big picture. What happened to that reset everyone was talking about? We wonder if anything good will ever come out of this. Painful new fissures seem to be the only definable shapes in the blurry present, and the future is shrouded in pea soup fog.
And yet, as we await some positive shift, we are also given the opportunity to reset our own lives and execute some personal transformations.
To that end, current circumstances are in our favor. Many of us have simply said screw it, and not just when opening the fridge or stocking up at the package store. We’ve seen each other with bad hair, bumble through the Zoom tutorials, witnessed ever-mounting bad news across the country, and learned that right now no one is expecting perfection. The pressure is off. Recent events have leveled a lot of playing fields and unlocked a new kind of freedom.
Many of us have needed to make fast changes just to keep ourselves economically afloat. In normal times we had routines and a certain security that kept the niggling imperatives for change at bay. But in these days, the urgency is right in our faces, and solutions are required. They don’t have to be perfect, they just have to somehow work. Necessity is the mother of invention and in the breach we are coming up with fresh ways to keep our loved ones close, our bills paid, our businesses running, and our souls nourished. An enormous amount of creative energy has been unleashed that will help shape the future.
Beyond the new skills and derring-do, a deeper reset is happening too. Now that many of us have been kicked off our hamster wheels, we’ve slowed down enough to evaluate things. We’ve been given a pause, where we can connect with our heart’s desires and discover what matters most in our lives.
If you have any doubt about that, look not just at what you miss the most, but also where you are most relieved. What has changed in your life that has you thanking your lucky stars? Perhaps it is simply having more time to hear yourself think, or re-connecting with family and friends. Maybe pursuing a long-delayed dream finally seems possible. Whatever it is, it’s showing you something important that was missing, and it is an entry point for creating a change that will carry over into the post-pandemic era.
The outer world may have shrunk temporarily, but our personal worlds can enlarge to inhabit that vacant space. If we had any ideas about a more just society, or reworking of social ills, well, who knows, this is all still playing itself out. But we can create a saner, more humane way of living for ourselves, and let that be our new model. A lot of the externals have been shed for us, and now we can get to what really counts.