Peeling back our layers

personal development Apr 02, 2020

Just like the proverbial onion, much has already been said about the opportunities for us all to ponder our way of life while we are on enforced stretches at home.

In conversations with my work team over the last couple of weeks, we have chatted about what is really important.  To us all.

When we peel it right back, family, friends and job security are high on the list.  And, surprisingly it doesn't get much more complicated than that.  Changing the world, reforming business or difficult innovations don't get much of a look in when we start to contemplate loss 'of what was'.

Loads of our colleagues have talked about the desire to slow down and that perhaps Corona has just given us that.  Corona is an opportunity for us to test, just how serious we are about a different pace, a different way or a different path.

But, here is the rub. 

These concepts are easy in the head rush of something new.  Or when it is a novelty.  Yes, we smugly tell ourselves, this is a good thing.  Slow down.  Smell the roses.  Spend time with our people.

But the rub.  If we are to do our jobs right; we need to carefully pull back the onion and find out what was sitting underneath and question ourselves why? 

Why didn't we ask ourselves earlier?  Or why now?  Or if now, why not then?

And, the real rub.  Another layer.

Who are we underneath?

And, again, why haven't we pulled that layer back earlier?

The real work. 

And, the real joy is yet to come. 

Our work has, really, just begun.

For those of us who are brave enough to keep peeling, we will be rewarded with something much more special, and sustainable, on the other side.

Keep peeling. 

No matter the tears.

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