I remember Monday morning meetings in decades past – when they involved passing of market information, announcements of new projects, laughter, celebration, innovation – all served up with a modicum of pressure.
Yes, superior performance would be celebrated every week, and failures would be exposed, laughed at, dissected for lessons on improvement, in short, ridicule, but with an objective that everyone could improve. Those days are semi-sweet nostalgia.
Today our ups and downs are tweeted and celebrated if worthy, lost in the social media maw if not – while gathering in person is replaced with virtual meetings, video-chat terms like Zoom, Teams, Skype, BlueJeans, etc. have joined our vocabulary.
Whether you believe ‘normal’ will be returned to us in weeks, months, years, or never – we need to re-invent our lives beyond our Monday morning meetings, our Saturday shopping, our entire regime of communication, collaboration, and socialization.
We are a species who touch (hugs, kisses, handshakes, fist-pumps), who love (hugs, kisses, handshakes, fist-pumps), share closeness (hugs, kisses, handshakes, fist-pumps), and procreate (hugs, kisses, handshakes, fist-pumps).
For those who began the COVID-19, coupled and still enjoying 24/7 togetherness, please be kind, caring, and loving – because those of us who are not coupled/paired/mated, are missing something much more essential and fundamental than these cute phrases – it is the need to be touched, something you cannot appreciate fully until you’ve gone with none for weeks on end.
Mark, I too have often wondered who buys the “deals” I see when shopping, similar to your watermelon example, but I’m sure they sell or the stores would quit offering them. As far as Mr. Trudeau goes, I wish he would quit showing us how “stupid” he is by showing us how stupid he thinks we are and if La Belle Provence ever wakes up, there will be a change come our next election. LH, Lethbridge, AB
Geez Mark, you're really on your game today! Can't believe the Sobeys narrative. I'm hoping only the Produce Mgr. is the IDIOT and not the store. But who knows? It’s worth the ask, JJ, Calgary, AB