I (Paula) read a short poem that someone had posted on LinkedIn last week, I wish I could recall the author. It began with “What if 2020 is the year we have been waiting for…” and I have been pondering just that ever since.
What if 2020 is the year we have been waiting for? I will pay close attention to the things happening in our world that have gotten my attention recently. I will pay attention to how I am thinking about what I am witnessing and feeling. I will be intentional about how I respond. I will be curious and most of all brave.
What if 2020 is the year we have been waiting for? I will hear the pain, struggle and growth. I will notice the anger, frustration and insight. I will remember that our brains need for efficiency will work to form a new normal, forming new patterns of thinking and behaving that include all that is happening today. I will remember that as those new patterns of thinking form, we often naturally let go of the pain and struggle, of the anger and frustration. But I will fight to hang onto the growth and insight, and enough of the pain to keep me propelled forward.
What if 2020 is the year we have been waiting for? I will embrace all that is possible in this moment. I will hang onto all that I re-learned about being with my family during the stay-at-home order. I will continue to take the time to create joy in the every day. I will embrace happy hour on the deck. I will spend more time paying attention to what my daughter is doing in school. I will have bigger conversations and seek more perspectives.
What if 2020 is the year we have been waiting for? I will embrace disruption, and with it the recognition that disruption often allows us to pay attention in a new way. Disruption pushes our thinking from our ‘default’ brain network to the ‘executive function’ network in our brain. It is only there that we can consider a new way of thinking, a new way of being. . . .our opportunity to truly examine what is possible lives in disruption. I will embrace it.
What if 2020 is the year we have been waiting for? I am going to work like hell to be present for it. Will you join me?