I used to think that things were meant to be permanent and change was just temporary. Now I know that change is permanent and things are temporary. Then came three years of the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder of the impermanence of life and how quickly things can change. We have all been forced to adapt, rethink our priorities, and face an uncertain future. This has certainly taught us that no matter how much we may cling to certain realities or want them to stay the same forever, they too will eventually become subject to change.
But this is not something to be feared—instead it should be embraced as an opportunity for growth and development. It is times like these that remind us of the importance of building meaningful connections with one another and investing in things that are truly valuable rather than clinging onto material possessions, job titles, or social status which can feel so secure in times of need but ultimately do not last.
As we move into the next normal, it is important to recognize this lesson and strive to lead in a way that values relationships over things. We must focus on creating meaningful connections with others instead of focusing solely on things that may not be there for us in the long run. This will provide us with more stability and contentment than any physical object ever could. Relationships include harmony within one’s own mind, body, and soul, connection with one’s religious or spiritual beliefs, and with other people.
By embracing change and appreciating the power of relationships, leaders can create an environment where everyone feels secure, supported, and valued—regardless of what life throws our way. Our lives should be about creating lasting connections rather than clinging too tightly onto temporary objects which will inevitably fade away into oblivion at some point.
For more on this topic, please read my book, “A Test for Our Time: Crisis Leadership in the Next Normal.” It’s available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/42vkbKL.