As the world is opening up and we are reentering society and going out to social events, there are mixed emotions. Some are nervous, while others are excited. This is a time to respect other’s decisions and feelings.
Here are some thoughts as we move forward:
- It’s going to take time. The same light switch that turned us off overnight is not going to turn us back on overnight. It’s going to be a while before we’re 100% mask-free, and 100% comfortable, and that’s ok.
- Everyone will come back at their own pace. Everyone’s situation and comfort level is different. Give people space to handle the change on their own timetable.
- Be patient. Be patient with yourself and others. It wasn’t easy to stop doing what we always did, and it won’t be easy to continue to learn new technologies or find hybrid ways of doing business. Give grace whenever wherever you can.
- Maintain the slower pace. It was the silver-lining of the pandemic. It permitted us to be more present in our daily lives and to appreciate all the little things.
Something to Think About
The past year has allowed us to reconnect with our families and to get back to nature. Family game nights, reading, and building meaningful relationships. Don’t give that up. It’s a new skill. Work to keep it as strong as it is now.
This week, and every week, make tolerance your go-to mode. Reach out to five past customers to ask how they are doing with all the change and let them know you are there for them.
Words of Wisdom
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. – Carl Jung
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin
We must be impatient for change. Let us remember that our voice is a precious gift, and we must use it. – Claudia Flores
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw
We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. – C. Joy Bell