Well then, we await government announcements this coming Sunday on how lockdown will be eased. It is understandable that many are chomping at the bit to get back. For those of us who have been working from home, grappling with new ways of working, contending with unfamiliar technologies to do so and juggling with a whole lot of other challenges alongside, it has at times been an exhausting and often a frustrating process.
So, what will the new normal be like we wonder! Its pretty much for certain that we will not go back to how things were, and that could well be a very good thing! The new skills we have learnt whilst being grounded may serve us well in formulating better ways of working, more efficient maybe, hopefully more creative and offering greater opportunities to expand beyond the old normal. This is all well and good but as we explore this ‘new world’ I would like to offer some words of wisdom from Thomas Merton, the great mystic, monk, priest and prophet. Such wisdom must surely inform our thinking in this opportunity to decide how we might be in the world post lockdown.
‘The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of contemporary violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activity neutralises our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful’. ~ Thomas Merton