A few weeks ago, when we were all still getting used to our new stay-at-home reality, a dear friend asked a question in our group text that I can’t stop thinking about.
What from this time are you looking to carry forward?
- Being more resourceful in the kitchen
- The simplification of external responsibilities and shedding a lot of extras
- The end of the obsession with productivity and pointless busyness
- Having more time to catch up with people without a ton of advance planning
- When I go back to work, it’ll be nice to know I’m just going straight home and I don’t feel pressure to go to the grocery store, library, bank, etc.
- Not having a ton of commitments – will like it better when we can have spontaneous social stuff with others, but not having it all scheduled
I loved that our answers centered on simplifying plans and focusing on the things that are most important to us. Now, close to a month later (or has it been years? Time has lost all substance), I would add:
- Being more open with each other about how we’re really doing and giving space for all the complex emotions we feel, without judgment
- Reaching out to loved ones often and looking for ways to deepen connections
- Becoming more comfortable with uncertainty and change
- Enjoying open stretches of time with nothing to do (and not feeling guilty about not being “productive”!)
What about you? What are you looking to carry forward?