This pandemic has changed, probably permanently, some parts of our lives. And it is scary. And it is emotionally horrible to watch our loved ones die without being able to be with them. Lots of us have lost jobs and some of us have had to make major changes in our work and home lives. I have been thinking about all these kinds of things for this blog; then I read the blog written by someone precious to me. And I realized it was better than anything I could write. So, with the permission of Walt Hampton, here it is.
It’s already May and we’re beginning to get some news that perhaps some of the lockdowns and the quarantines will begin to relax.
The refrain I so often hear from folks is:
“I can’t wait to get back to the way things were.”
And I wonder: Is that really true?
Do you really want to get back to the way things were?
If your life was the 24/7/365 hustle, is that what beckons you?
That always “on”, always busy, always urgent?
Do you really want to go back to that?
Back to the hermetically-sealed office?
The two-hour commute?
Do you really want to get back to that frantic schlepping around that you do with your kids from activity to activity to activity?
Do you really want to go back to that life where you never had enough time for you… and for those precious things that brought you joy?
Do you really want to go back into that vortex?
Some people have referred to this as “The Great Pause.”
Collectively, we’ve been brought to a standstill. And in this moment of time, yes, there’s been so much fear and sadness and uncertainty. There’s been so much concern about our financial well-being and about our loved ones and about our own health.
And… at the same time… there have been some interesting pockets of awarenesses.
Things that have worked well for you. Things that you’ve actually liked.
Connecting more with yourself. Connecting more with your partner. Your loved ones, your kids, your friends.
Living fully in the present moment… within this thing called “time” that was so fleeting when things were “normal.”
More time…in your garden; more time to read; to write; to create; to reflect; to be.
More time, in the words of Steven Covey, to “sharpen the saw.”
More time to revisit the foundations of your business life.
More time to pay attention to you… your wellbeing… your spirit.
This Great Pause has opened up all sorts of possibilities.
It would be easy to slide back into the vortex of things.
It would be easy to want to just get back to the way things were… and to forget the lessons that you’ve learned, the experiences that you’ve had.
But… there’s an extraordinary and rare opportunity here… to recreate your life the way you want it… to fashion out of whole cloth your new normal.
So… I invite you to get quiet… and ask yourself: What are those things that I really liked about this time?
Because even though it feels like you’re never going to get out of this, you will.
You will get through it. You will come out on the other side.
But you have a voice in what that other side will look like.
What is it that you want to get back to?
And… what is it that you want to eliminate?
Get clear on those few things, make a commitment to the things that you want to cherish and to treasure and to hold on to and to make part of this new life that you get to create.
And here on out, perhaps you will see that this is not just a question to ask yourself now… but indeed upon waking every single day.
“What is the life I truly love and desire?”
Spring is here.
Make it a beautiful month.
I hope you enjoyed this. The author is:
Walt Hampton, J.D.
Founder – Summit Success, LLC
Best Selling Author of Journeys on the Edge: Living a Life That Matters
Blessings to you,