A Reflection on Connection

2 April, 2020

As I sit here and reflect on the situation, we find ourselves in, I can’t help but think that maybe this is a reminder. A reminder of the importance of connection with people – our loved ones, our friends, our colleagues and our communities but also a reminder about communication and openness.

Social media and technology have spread rapidly in the last decade but what it hasn’t prepared us for is how to cope mentally and emotionally with the fast pace, the separation it causes and the lack of social etiquette (which has been a side effect of being able to ‘hide’ behind a screen).

We’ve forgotten what it means to slow down, to look after ourselves – body, mind and soul, and to connect meaningfully with the people who matter. So maybe, in this challenging time, and as we move through the unknown, what we need to reflect on is how do we get back to a place of connection after this is all over.

  • How do we authentically connect with our family, friends, colleagues and communities?
  • How can we use technology and social media to enhance communication but not replace connection?

I think as we come through this time, which we will, we need to consider what we are going to continue to do to be connected with our tribes of people, what we will do to practice self-care and how we can slow down the pace at which we are living. In fact, what this will teach us is what we thought was urgent actually isn’t so and what we thought couldn’t wait until tomorrow actually can. So, I encourage us all to reflect, rethink and re-envision, create the life we will be proud to live.

Reflect –> Rethink –> Re-envision