Do you ever look back at those disastrous times when we thought our world was untenable – and now see those repugnant experiences as teaching moments, coping lessons – complex skill development experiences that, if for no other purpose, served to prepare us for being right here, right now?
I mean scary times – when we feared for our life, for someone else’s life or safety, for our jobs, our businesses, and our freedom?
Sure, we’ve not had all those perils at our doorstep, but we’ve all had some of them, and we’ve all known others who have been brought to the brink.
But we weren’t, we survived, we didn’t collapse or leap off the precipice when others might have.
We grit our teeth, we tighten our sphincters, we dig in our toes, and we grip tight – holding on as if our life depended upon it.
Well, another of those times has arrived.
I can think of so many times – the ups and downs of life, relationships, businesses, and projects – where the failure of something, the lack of funds, lack of cooperation, lack of success, and the despair of not knowing what to do next.
I remember them more calmly now. I remember asking, “Why me?” or why now, what could I have done differently?
At those times past, when the new day came. When the next project came, when the next hurdle was crossed, or the next hill was climbed, if those were in fact not learning signposts – guideposts really, preparing me for tougher times ahead, rougher roads ahead …
Well, those days are here.
We are living them, and most days we are without solutions, magical ideas of what to do next …
What comes next?
A decade of financial horror for countries, central banks, anyone wanting to raise money.
A decade of learning new ways for everyone.
A decade of forgetting for those very young, very rich, and otherwise unscathed – forgetting will be their quickest but not the best defense.
A decade of adaptation.
Centuries from now, as anthropologist anthologize their way through history – they’ve found the earth’s continents moved a few centimeters one way or another, and they will report about how the civilization of humans changed; significant changes for how we adapted, how governments and societal structures changed.
They might also report on our brains growing larger and more abundant, and females losing their 5th toe (it’s not biological, it’s those ill-fitting narrow-toed shoes.)