Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/27/2020
“Normal” means conforming to what is typical and expected. Consequently, “new normal” means absolutely nothing to me, and waiting to “return to normal” makes waiting for Godot seem to be a far superior, short-term satisfaction.
No matter what has happened or what is going to happen, the only significant aspect for us is what we intend to do about it. Predictions are wrong, trajectories are off. Crystal balls, tea leaves, and scapulimancy provide no solace. But the world is not out of control. We are experiencing the dynamics of fear, mass illnesses, social unrest, and economic uncertainty. We need to seize control where we can. We can most easily do that through our own actions: to work with more innovation, support friends generously, vote for what we believe in, and act sanely and refuse to panic.
Don’t cede control of your life. More things will happen. The key is what we intend to do about it.
How “unnormal” are things? Recently, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a distinguished immunologist no one had ever heard of a year ago, threw out the first pitch of Major League Baseball’s drastically curtailed season. The good doctor threw far left, and the ball went to the backstop, uncatchable.
I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.—Wayne Dyer
Control your own destiny! Control your own destiny!—Stephen Curry