For sure, the past year will go down in history as one of the strangest we have ever experienced and certainly one that none of us will ever forget.
Wherever you find yourself reading this, either having come through this period unscathed, perhaps even flourishing in some way during this time, conversely with scars of great loss and trauma, or somewhere in between it all, one thing that could massively affect our future is how we are able to EMERGE from it.
The dictionary definition of the word EMERGE is “to rise out of anything; to re-appear after being concealed” Roget’s Thesaurus gives us further insight – “to appear, arise, become visible, come forth, come into view, become apparent, become known, develop” and the antonyms – “depart, disappear, fade, recede, fall, retreat, sink, vanish from sight, wane, withdraw”.
These antonyms feel familiar with these last months don’t they? In themselves, lockdown forced us to retreat and vanish from sight, isolation meant we had to withdraw, physical interaction waned, furlough caused some to fade, many have suffered mental health issues and sunk into despair and for sure, we’ve all become one sad tribe in our identical masks reminding us we’re united in uniform and consequential fear.
But as we look at our roadmap towards the destination of ‘new normal’ we can thankfully and cautiously see that the worst is behind us and there is daylight at the end of the tunnel. With that in mind, I am interested to see what it might look like to emerge well; lessons learned that we take with us and those we will emphatically leave behind.
I remember my father could never eat corned beef after he’d been in The Forces during the war because it’s pretty much all he’d eaten during that time. Similarly, I’m sure there are things we will be glad to lose, but as I mentioned in my April blog, before Mark & I galloped into the future, we decided to take some time over Easter to really reflect on those things, new habits and learnings we’d take forward and it was quite a list; here’s just a few.