Can you feel it?
Do you get the sense that we’ve made it over the arc of the pandemic?
Over the past 2+ months, virtually the whole world has shared a devastating experience, almost in unison. Like a mountain range that rises and falls with each peak, countries around the globe have reluctantly taken their turn at scaling the abrupt incline, reaching the apex, surveying the land, and then beginning the descent into what lies below. Some are descending more slowly and deliberately than others.
My assumption is that each of us has moved through the experience of novelty, confusion, disbelief, fear, frustration, and yearning.
Many have continued on to connecting, assessing, acclimating, normalizing, and re-grounding.
Some have added resistance and defiance to their journey. Some are suffering, others are thriving.
Regardless of where each person is, individually, it feels as though, collectively, we’re finally on the downward slope.
It’s feels like the time is right to begin dreaming, hoping, planning, emerging, and acting.
And as we continue to move through these coming days and weeks, I’m hopeful we’ve learned a few things. I hope we’ve been able to break through the fog of indifference and can begin to see our world with more clarity… locally and globally.
We’re realizing how greatly we lean on and take advantage of those who keep us healthy, safe, and supplied, along with those who care for and educate our children. We’re learning how race and class unfairly determine who carries most of the burden and that healthcare shouldn’t be tied to employment. It’s becoming clear how much excess consumerism consumes us, and about the opportunistic nature of far too many. We’re awakening to those we have completely left behind.
If we’re paying attention, we can learn from how nature magically heals herself when given the chance. Smog is lifting and skies are bluer. Birds are celebrating and singing louder. Many are reaping the rewards of families spending more quality time together. Folks are cooking more and eating healthier… together. Hobbies are being explored, closets are getting organized, and the most vulnerable are being supported.
It’s been said, things can’t and won’t return to the way they were when this new year dawned. That, I believe. What I also believe is that we are at a crossroads together, with an abundance of options in front of each of us. Some that affect us personally, and others that impact our local and global communities. I know we humans are capable of discerning what’s important enough to take forward, as well as what is wise to leave behind.
I want to believe that we’ll internalize what’s been revealed to us, right the wrongs and amplify the good.
We have a unique opportunity to reset our collective compass. Will we choose to recreate our world with the wisdom we’ve gained, and then sustain our efforts when it gets difficult?
We’ll find out soon enough.
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
Closing Time, Semisonic
Can you feel it?