Instead, all the talk from business and politicians is about returning ‘back to normal’ as quickly as possible, but ‘normal’ was the problem to start with. If there was one good thing to come out of lockdown, isn’t it the space and time to reflect and rethink?
Social and mainstream media coverage are full of articles about how people are unsettled and anxious; many feeling that they have pressed pause on their lives and that the loss of control is leaving them frustrated, bored, fearful or restless. Is this a really a surprise given the last 10 years have seen an explosion in ‘noise’, which, in turn, has profoundly changed our ability to focus or just simply ‘be’? Work has become much noisier for many, with an upsurge in meetings, emails and messaging.
People have spent years talking about being ‘really busy’, as if longing for some time to take a breath. So instead of following the daily hype on the pandemic and letting anxiety creep in, now is the time to take control – control WHAT you listen to/read and WHAT you think about. There is no better time to learn about HOW we got to where we are today. None of what is in place today happened by accident. Understand the history and politics of the last 40, especially the last 10 years; and understand what is happening right now.