I read an article on LinkedIn yesterday about throwing the world’s biggest party when we come out on the other side of the pandemic.
“It will be a party for hugging our family and friends,” says writer Dennis K. Berman, “but also for acknowledging that the virus, in its twisted way, gave us a gift like none other, and that we can only appreciate in retrospect: The gift that we were all in it together.”
He’s not wrong. There will be much to mourn, much to celebrate, and much to acknowledge when it comes time to reflect on this season.
However, we also need to acknowledge the ways this time has disrupted the way we do things.
Every story begins with an inciting incident, an event that forces the protagonist out of their comfort zone and pushes them to make choices in the pursuit of their desire. In so many ways, this pandemic has been an inciting incident for our entire world, a disruption to the status quo. We’ve been forced to step outside the way we do things. And there is no turning back.
Our world was broken in so many ways and this pandemic has afforded us the opportunity to fix it. Anything less than rising to the occasion, stepping up and working to leave this world better for our children, is unacceptable.
Yes, let’s throw a party when this is all over. But then let’s get to work…