Crises tend to accelerate society along.*
Will we wake up in a few months and lament that we haven’t made more of this time in isolation? There are two questions we can ask ourselves at the end of each day. What did I do today that I’m proud of? What am I glad I did today?**
When we went into lockdown, we didn’t leave behind the things that matter to us most, the difference we want to make. These are always with us because they’re part of us. It’s proving to be a testing time for all of us, with extremes for some, but we may be surprised at what comes out of this. Robert McKee encourages writers to take notes whilst in lockdown because there’ll be some intriguing stories to tell:
This will pass. We’ve been through such things before; there have been plagues, the Spanish flu, and more. The important thing is that in time, this will pass. In the meantime, we will discover who the good people are, and which people are evil. People who we thought were selfish and venal might turn out to be heroic and self-sacrificing. People who we thought were loving and selfless might turn out to be greedy. Either way, we will find out who people really are by the way they act in the face of adversity. […] take notes.^
We may not be writers wondering how to work through the lockdown but we can all daily reflect on how we’re responding and what we would like to be about to “accelerate society along” both now and also in the new future.
This is about finding or reconnecting to our true Self, our best response to what is happening, as Frederick Buechner reminds us:
The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather.^^
We find hope where the reality of what is meets our imagination.
(*From gapingvoid’s blog: A new remote era unfolds.)
(**From Bernadette Jiwa’s blog: Two Questions For Days Like These.)
(^From Robert McKee‘s newsletter: How Can You Write at a Time Like This?)
(^^Frederick Buechner, quoted in Ian Morgan Cron’s The Road Back to You.)