I’m in the people business. I love people.
I love connecting to people.
Watching people suffer is a trauma for me.
The world is oozing in pain. Thousands have lost loved ones to this virus. Many of those who have died; died alone. Unthinkable.
Every person has a story of how this virus has affected our lives, family, and lifestyle. Many have experienced horror, fear, misery, and some-temporary insanity.
Others are adjusting well. They are OK. Life is not ideal, but it’s under control.
Everything is changing
I am sure there are things that will return to normal. Some businesses will return to the good ole days. Some things will be the same.
Most things won’t.
The virus has changed our life forever.
We have learned new ways to do business and home life. Most of us never consider new things. We are creatures of habit. Both good habits and bad ones.
Until the virus, we were doing what we’ve always done. We were about our business and doing it our way.
Those days are long gone.
We are unlearning as much as we are learning.
Some changes include:
- TeleDoc is here to stay
- Zoom is on blast
- Digital learning is booming
- Online church is surging
- Webinars are everywhere/everyday
- Private Facebook training is soaring
- Netflix binge is normal
These are only a few new things. I could list a dozen more.
How are you doing?
I experienced my first TeleDoc face-time call last week. It was all new. The doctor’s office prepped me poorly. Before getting to the doctor, a 15-minute health questionnaire was the routine. The experience was unfamiliar to everyone.
The doctor connected with me an hour late. She said; sorry about that; it’s all-new for me. She was uncomfortable, and I was uncomfortable.
Doing new things is never easy, but it is often necessary.
Alice Walton said:
We’ve been immersed, for example, in unbidden — but extremely valuable — real-world experiments in the powers of technological connectedness: telemedicine and working from home. These things will probably “stick,” to some degree, and make life better in lots of ways. We’ve also realized the extraordinary importance of preparation; we knew a pandemic would come around at some point, but we were still somehow largely unprepared.
At the office
At the office, we engaged in two staff meetings through Zoom. That was interesting and effective. No travel. No getting dressed. Our shy members were just that-shy.
Overall, the meetings were a splendid success. But very different. Using Zoom is a great experience. The camera zooms in on the person who is talking. The camera shifts to help the meeting feel real.
But it’s not real. And it’s all-new.
I like some new. But all new (instantly) is a different story.
Now is the Time to Shift from Doing to Being
Too many changes
One change at a time is great. OK, we can take two. Since the virus, our changes have arrived in tens.
- Loss of job
- Less money
- Working from home
- Fear of disease
- No toilet paper
- Learning new software
- Coping with change
On a recent podcast, a 50-year-old man from Australia shared the experience of never seeing empty shelves in the grocery store. This was an unfamiliar experience, and he did not enjoy the weirdness.
Another weirdness is being disconnected from family and friends. We have learned how dependent we are on being connected to one another.
This is positive.
Many are suffering severe emotional struggles from being quarantined.
We are learning the importance of connection and friendships. This is a good thing.
Being connected to others is a plus factor to our emotional wellness.
More grim news
Social distancing is new. Social distancing will be a part of our social fabric for years to come. America will practice self-distancing the entire year of 2020.
Social distancing is our new normal for public life in America and around the world.
New things and new ways are here to stay.
My job has changed forever. Our company and our industry have adapted alternative ways of reaching people.
Some families will choose a digital education for their kids. It is safe, reliable, less expensive, and less strenuous on the family structure.
For some, structured office hours are a thing of the past.
We will manage outcomes and not people.
The good ole’ days are no longer. Thank God you lived through them.
The New is good. We are developing as people and a nation.
The best thing to do with unfamiliar things and new methods is to embrace them.
Here’s a small reprieve; you can use your old journal to keep track of your new life.
This article was first posted here.