Nature continues to teach me.
Nature continues to teach me every day, in the form of Covid-19. I sense I am not alone. The learning curve around our collective resiliency, mutual respect and common good is a journey for us all.
I am not near Acadia National Park as I was last year when I commented about “hearing the forest through the trees.” I am fortunate, however, to have a country lane to walk where I say hello to the goats and donkey in the field around the corner each day. No, the goats have not imparted any words of wisdom to share. At least, not so far. Meanwhile, I continue to attempt to “hear the forest through the trees” and reflect on a question I posed last year: “isn’t it our brokenness that connects us?”
Professionally, with my systems thinking, I have been told at times that I think too complexly and too far ahead. To have the importance of such interconnected thinking, actions and decision-making affirmed in the way it has gives me no solace. The lessons of nature do not fit on a PowerPoint slide.
Now is what is important.
While these are my times, and interconnected thinkers and doers like me, my professional credentials and practice will be in place and available tomorrow and the day after; (and available today for conversation and consultation, where helpful). Tomorrow and the day after will be a process of emergence, including the practice of leadership and capitalism. A “behind the scenes” focus of mine for a couple of years.
Now is what is important. For me, now means paying attention to my responsibility in this crisis. That begins with staying at home, connecting by phone or video call. I am fortunate to be able to work from home, thus I can continue to be of service to clients, re-connect with others and be of assistance to virus related problem solvers where I can. Being of service to those in greater need is more problematic. Those of true service are on the front lines - from hospital emergency room personnel to grocery store workers.
Through our shared isolation I feel an ever-greater connection with – and responsibility to – the common good and our common humanity.
Stories of resilience and emergence.
I am inspired by the stories of resilience and courage. They are all around us. I witness them every day online or on TV. One closer to home that guides me is my grandmother's who lost her son to the 1950's polio epidemic. He was a man who died before I was born, yet his story and her resliliency have informed and supported me throughout my life. Among the lessons, I have personally learned over the years is that resistance to "what is" is counterproductive. I have also learned the importance of striking a productive balance between “being” and “doing.” There is a time and need for both. Out of being comes a more authentic and resilient form of doing. It is a process of emergence. One, I sense, we all will experience. As I heard in one podcast, "The more still you are, the more you'll see." And ultimately will do…we all will.