What really matters now?
We have all had many conversations over the past 18 months about focusing on what really matters. For many the very present prospect of severe illness or death for themselves or loved ones brought all sorts of things into sharp relief – causing many to ask themselves what really matters in life.
During this time, we’ve proven ourselves adaptable on so many fronts and agility and adaptability continue to be in demand as we navigate every aspect of life. It may be about a quick visit to a local shop negotiating three sets of road works in as many miles and therefore taking double the allotted time, or do we or don’t we return to the office or workplace (assuming there’s a choice), or how do we rebuild our business, our work family and our livelihoods in challenging times. And of course, many other situations and examples.
The risk in all of this adapting and coping is that we focus all our energy on that and on a more self-focused survival and stop thinking about what really matters now. As we look around us at the bigger picture our world really does seem to be falling apart around our ears. Politics, climate, lawlessness, health issues, extreme controls, desperate people doing desperate things…fire, flood and pandemic…wherever we look we can see the need for change to be made. The question for each and every one of us is are we doing enough to truly make a difference?
To what extent are we making the choice to look at the bigger issues and work out how to play our part? What are we really putting our personal time, energy, weight and/or corporate muscle behind to shift the dial? It’s natural to be focused on what’s happening in our own family and to want to take care of them. For sure individual survival matters but collective survival, humanity AND the planet, is even more important. Unless we find the willpower within ourselves to change the world for the better – even in small ways and preferably in bigger ways as we pull together – we are set to experience a substantially more difficult ride in the months and years to come.
It matters that we care. It matters that we contribute to the greater good. It matters that we ‘get our own house in order’ – which may be getting our own mind-set, attitudes and behaviours right through to the leadership role we take in our work, our communities and society. Seeking coherence in the discussions that really matter – not division and polarisation but synthesis and the ability to move to a new point of caring, quality of life and peace for all. A coherence that means we are all pulling together toward the true purpose of life which is to live in peace, care for all and respect for our home – our planet.
It’s tough for sure. And so are we when we put our minds to it. Let’s show that we know what really matters for the good of all.