Life as we know it has slowed down. Some have said for the better. Others have balked at that notion saying it shouldn’t take a pandemic to get society to stop and smell the roses.
But the reality is we have no excuse to be fully present to our spouses, our kids, our friends, our neighbours, or anyone who could use a listening ear.
This isn’t an assumption that all of us are in the same situation regarding extra time. Some still work on the front lines and are working additonal hours, like our healthcare professionals. Supply chain positions like truck drivers could possibly working overtime as they are essential to the economy.
There are however a lot of us who no longer have to catch a bus for work. Social gatherings have been all but eliminated. Our weekly schedules have been reduced to only necessary trips to the grocery store. In others words, we now have time to authentically listen.
Deeper conversations could become more common place. Fact is they should have been all along. I’m guilty as anyone else to block out what someone is saying during a conversation only to think about what I’m going to say next.
This won’t be easy, but we’ll discover spending authentic time with those around us will actually help us heal through this outbreak.