As a global society we are accustomed to running: running far, running fast, running with others, running roughshod over others, and frankly running roughshod over ourselves. All that running doesn’t work that well (the latter two really never work), and this becomes painfully obvious when a pandemic is threatening the established order of life. When we’re busy, we have an excuse for ignoring the obvious problems that surround us. Busi-ness trumps everything. With all this free-time, it becomes harder to ignore the reflection of the values being projected back in the mirror, especially if they aren’t as pretty as our manicured lawn, our curated Instagram feed, or the fabricated story of self we have running through our head. I know. We’re all doing our best, me too. But there is definitely more to life than “doing our best.”
We’ve been granted a moment of pause, and you can choose how you would like to use it. It could be used to: carry on, maintain, perpetuate, hunker down, look outside and wait for things to return to normal. Or, it could be used to: interrupt, stop, look inside, rethink (more importantly, re-feel), listen to ourselves and others, transform, grow, reconnect, look inside again and ask how we can be of service to ourselves and by extension our world.
I believe this moment is asking us all to look within and listen. What do you hear? If you don’t like it, you can change it. If you don’t know how, you can figure it out by asking someone for help. If you don’t want to, then you are likely feeling helpless and that is a horrible feeling (I’ve been there too). The world is changing. Are you going to change with it?
Update: This April 10th article from Medium optimistically expands upon the sentiments expressed in this post. Enjoy! Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting