Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 04/12/2021
The empirical evidence is overwhelmingly that the economy is opening up in almost every sector, people are spending money to escape “Covid cabin fever,” schools are opening, and we’re going to have a good summer. My daughter has been vaccinated. Restaurants here are “jammed” within very mild restrictions. At church, we’ve begun the “processional” again, walking down the aisle. (Someone accused me of being “selfish” for advocating vaccinations, but I’m going to stick with rationality here.)
I think it’s bizarre to think we’ll be “back to normal,” despite all this progress. And advocating a “new normal” is just a mediocre consultant’s way of saying, “I don’t have a clue about what to tell people.” The diapason we’re witnessing is a “no-normal.” That’s right, you heard it here. It’s a deep-swelling, wide range of the constantly new. (But doesn’t “diapason” say all that in one word?).
We’ve learned lessons (I hope). We’ve endured (what is for us) hardship. Many organizations have had great business during the worst of it (try to get home repairs or landscaping work done without a long wait). We realize (most of us) that we’re responsible for each other’s health, and that means taking care of people who lack our advantages.
I’ve scheduled “live” events through the rest of this year and I’ll schedule international events for next year (the trouble in Europe and Canada with inoculations has caused me to wait). But there is nothing “normal” about what’s happening. There will be continuing volatility, disruption, discontinuity, and turmoil.
Let us rejoice and be glad.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. —Wayne Dyer
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. —Barack Obama
We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. —Carl Jung