The baby, the bathwater, and the new normal
I thought I’d share with you some reflections that have arisen for me over the last few weeks, based on conversations with clients and fellow practitioners. It strikes me that, as we attempt to make sense of the unprecedented upheaval that Covid-19 has brought with it, we are each doing so with no roadmap and, often, alone. And, for sure, we are all adjusting differently, using the best strategies we know. However, I have had a growing sense of a kind of common pattern forming in the singular stories I am hearing, and it´s this that I want to reflect on with you here. Bear with me, this is a little longer than usual!
For many of us, 2020 didn’t finish (and 2021 didn’t start) with the change or perhaps the relief that we were hoping for. So where to from now?
There are a few foundational things we can do for ourselves. If they don´t come naturally at first, take baby steps. Remember they are all gestures of self-care which is so important right now.
I’ve been scratching my head about how to begin … I could say that I know how you feel after nine months of challenging, or unprecedented, or weird, or bewildering, or turbulent, or painful times. Two problems with this. I’m not sure I do know. And I am running out of adjectives to describe “this year”. They all apply …
First of all, I hope this finds you, at the very least, intact. I know that, for everyone, this has been a time of enormous disruption. For some, it has also been one of loss and sorrow, while others have been in a holding space of enforced introspection.