In a moment, everything has shifted. Unimaginable outcomes reveal that what seemed solid is simply a habit, assumption, or pattern of thought, feeling, and behavior driven by a desire for comfort and security and a fear of what we do not know.
What matters now, after health and survival, are vision and values, and willingness to think deeply and creatively about what we have witnessed and experienced.
On the one hand, we are deeply divided from one another by this virus; on the other hand, we are united by it, as all humanity now faces the same problem, and must learn and practice a higher order of collaborative, planning, problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution skills in order to survive it.
In the end, it doesn’t matter whose end of the boat is sinking – with pandemics, as with global warming and environmental destruction, we sink or swim together.
What then can we learn from our experience with the pandemic, personally, relationally, professionally, organizationally, socially, economically and politically? What has changed? What needs to change, but hasn’t? How do we combine social togetherness with physical distancing? How do we build a better world out of the ashes of the old?