We’re In This Together
This has been a rallying cry for me since we stepped into Shelter-In-Place here in Montana and agreed to support the flattening of the curve.
During this time period, though distant, I have felt close with various parts of the country, geographically scattered members of my family, friends and community as well as other countries around the globe facing this Pandemic.
At times it has been scary and for sure filled with uncertainty and questions. It seems like each step of the journey has introduced new information, new elements that have tossed me into a cycle of change and transition.
However, the rallying cry, ‘we are in this together’ – kept me aligned strong and committed.
Now there is a new crack that has challenged my belief about being in this together.
Re-opening has started.
This process of re-opening seems incredibly chaotic and disjointed. I don’t see or feel the we are all in this together anymore!
Each state has is doing it’s own thing and there seems to be all sorts expert opinions that offer very differing perspectives on what is best or safest.
I believe here the biggest driver may economics and I get that this is a very serious concern. Our economy is based on businesses small and large operating. People being able to spend and sell.
There are also some mentions of why this may even be a healthy choice – though much like alternative medicine when it comes to health issues – these ideas are not the standard nor considered evidence-based.
The problem – we don’t have a great deal of evidence around a Pandemic and may be not enough data collected to know this virus.
So it’s all a bit of guess work.
Blown Away: AKA My oh Sh%T Moment!
Seriously this so reminds me of the day I discovered the treatment for my cancer wasn’t working. My doctor and medical team, informed me they didn’t have other options. I probably had 3 to 6 months to live.
I was blown AWAY. I was certain that as experts and leaders they were going to get me through this health crisis. In that moment, I got that was not the case. I discovered that really my medical team at that point was in it with me if I understood and traveled the road where I believed I was most certainly dying.
Oddly I as I moved out beyond the medical model I discovered many other ‘experts’ with differing strategies to offer me. Some of which were possibly going to prolong my current life expectations.
This is when the conflict really surfaced!
These experts were not very friendly and did not agree. I did not experience being in this together! The next few years of my journey around my health were riddled with uncertainty and conflict.
I did call my various ‘experts’, my team. However, I would not say we were cohesive. I discovered some of these experts were very helpful in encouraging me to pull the diverse expertise and wisdom into my decision-making. These ‘experts’ also provided me a language and a way to tap into my own resources and make simple decisions out of complex data and differing perspectives that supported me day-to-day in living my full life – not just a cancer storyline.
I am very grateful for those people.
I am so grateful that I rode the wave of conflict and uncertainty. That I stayed curious and as a result I think creative.
Back To Today
I am looking back now, thinking this is again a time to rally around diverse perspectives, conflict and find ways to make simple decisions that support my life, my family, my business and my community moving forward.
A want the rally cry to be we are in this together – however, I can only find that ground when I am willing to embrace the conflict. Not make those different wrong but try to find the threads that can weave the fabric together.
I do believe it is possible. I have seen, felt and lived through this type of crisis. I want to be a lighthouse that shines a beacon for that possibility. I am here and I am still with you – even if our navigational feedback is presenting a different path. Even in the uncharted and and potentially dangerous terrain each person, business, state and country is taking, I do still believe we are in this together!