Can we go back to the old ways when all this comes to a halt? I don't think so. We've been living in a fast, overly complicated world and suddenly it's become slow and simple. The mantra of the day seems to be 'Be well. Be kind. Take care of those around you. And do something good for the world today.'
This 'do something good' piece is beaming out of emails I receive from CEO's of companies who are finally putting contribution to the world around them ahead of profit at any cost. So what will business, education, government and global society look like when all this is said and done. Here are my predictions for what it'll look like when the dust settles.....
Business: Working from home and meeting by Zoom and Skype will at long last replace the helter skelter of city working. Contribution will sit above profit and many will find that in fact that order of prioritising will accelerate profits greatly. Responsible downsizing will most likely happen, but that will result in a lot of people unhappy in their jobs finding meaningful work by other means. Strategic divergence will most likely emerge as many companies discover that a single focus business just might be at risk in a crisis. And my greatest wish for businesses all over the world is that at long last they will learn to 'do the right thing', like replace plastic containers with natural recyclable options that are very available now. After all, if Dyson in the UK can make the switch in no time from vacuum cleaners to respirators, well anything is possible.
Education: Parents and their youngsters are discovering the joy of online learning. A friend of mine with an 8 year old was sure she could never home school her daughter and yet they're having a ball this week doing exactly that while Mom continues to work from home. On line learning has unleashed these past weeks and it's beginning to look like open source everything, from celebrity concerts to cooking classes to dance lessons and exercise classes. I doubt that's all going to get pulled back into paid for sites when all is said and done. It's a whole new world of education now as we roam virtual museums and art galleries and discover the joys (and speed) of virtual learning.
Government: Depending on what country you live in, you'll have a different experience of this. But overall, I believe the shift will begin to focus away from defence spending to stockpiling supplies and preparing the infrastructures for any future pandemics that might pop along. We'll be putting money towards building up our medical staff and making health care affordable and available to all. Perhaps at long last elected officials will cease to vote by party lines and discover their conscience and their desire to serve the people. My guess is it's not long till party politics is eliminated all together as it's already well out of date.
Global Society: A united world at long last? That's my vision, my dream for this world. A deep, rich appreciation for all our differences and a collaborative approach to solving any global challenge. It is likely that we'll live for a while in a paradox of national isolation combined with global collaboration, but that will shift rapidly as we discover that we're all better off helping one another than trying to go it alone. And because of this current global crisis, kindness is wrapping the world in its embrace as people are helping people everywhere I look.
And finally ... Climate: There is no way that once we have seen what can be done in a month or two by stopping all the pollution that we will just go back to life as before. We're going to develop harmonious relationships with nature, oceans, skies and all the creatures that live within them. Alternative energy sources will boom now. People have become climate aware and everyone will be doing their part. And don't even get me started on what's going to happen with healthy foods, grown in healthy soil and delivered from the farm to the door combined with the burst of home veg gardens that will now be planted and maintained.
The world she is a'changing and I for one am thrilled about that. It's been a long time coming and it's only taken just a few short months to point us to the way forward. Who will we be when the dust settles? Kinder, more connected, smarter, more helpful and most definitely more visionary. We'll become more local, more national and more global all at the same time and isn't that the way of the newer, high vibrational realities...paradoxes thrive and turn into possibilities that we haven't even considered before. Here's to a fabulous new future now for us all, the whole world over.