New Norm: Increased Awareness

Last Thursday I was listening to a podcast from Deep South Dharma by Christie Bates (This is What We’ve Practiced For) which ties into the pandemic and human life interconnections. As quoted in the description, “Christie offers some well-tested reflections that can help us develop the capacity to live at peace with increased awareness. 

Here is what stood out to me: 

  • Social distancing means physical distancing 
  • Why is livelihood up right now?
  • How we make a living vs How we spend our lives? 

Social distancing 🡆 physical distancing 

  • Social by definition is an informal gathering organized by members or an individual. Online communication is livelier than it has ever been! I’ve video chat with people more than I have in the last 3 years. By no means have we been cutting down our social life, but our physical. 

Why is livelihood up right now? 

  • We’ve always been living with the purpose of building a stable future for ourselves. But since the pandemic started, it has made everyone think twice about their living habits to abstain from the possibilities of getting infected by the virus or even become a victim of unemployment/furlough.
  • Covid has given us permission to start, or even pick up, on hobbies/skills in our lives that we weren’t able to before because of work getting in the way. We have the autonomy to live in the present and be with ourselves and loved ones. 
  • Our ability to be in various settings via the internet in matters of minutes increases our social lives tenfold. 

How we make a living vs How we spend our lives? 

  • Thanks to technology, there is no excuse to have a dull moment in your life. For those who are normally out and about, it’s a chance for to utilize the time for yourself. Reflect how time will be spent moving forward. Doing nothing is more agonizing than it has ever been. So why waste it on nothing

Although the changes from Covid is indefinite, I am grateful for the opportunity it has presented to people overall. The grass is always greener on the other side. We are expressing gratitude for being alive, having the time to do other activities, rekindle with loved ones, and so forth. 

A motto I love to follow is: 

“Money is something we can always make back, but time is priceless.”

The best thing about life is that you can always recreate yourself. Whether it’s the new month, week, or day.  I implore you all to perceive this situation in a brighter light. This is the new norm. Having a negative mindset will only increase your mortality rate and suppress the immune system.

While we can continue to stress about this adversity, the only solution at the moment is to be aware of our actions. We must keep our distance and hygiene in priority. When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade (or something), or nothing at all?


Personal x Professional

Over the last decades, we have seen the evolution to the meaning of work, and how much it has transcended. Its purpose means so much more than putting a roof over our heads, food on the table and safe from animal predators. The world has industrialized to where our physiological and safety needs have been met. It is now a matter of finding a home within our primary one that we seek, meaning, our workplace. This community is filled with people divided into departments some being on-site while others remotely. As the world inevitable advances and businesses finds ways to innovate, we are put this urgency to keep up because of competition (aka the new predator!) 

“One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.”

Abraham Maslow

Especially with baby boomers finally retiring and us millennials/gen z’s becoming the new players onto pivotal roles, what does that mean? The competition just gets harder with how much more jobs, options, and people that are in the market now. Life as we know it has gotten more complex with all these tech innovations, a surplus in gig economies, outsourcing, you name it. 

How do we survive all of this? Darwinism.

“It is not the strongest species that survives, not most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Charles Darwin

Everything is obsolete and it is for us to learn and adapt to the change. Depending on the field you’re trying to get into, if we won’t understand the clout about AWS, or how to retain your best employees, lean, SEO optimization, etc., then what makes you think a company will hire you? 

Sure, you might have some more work experience than someone who just finished college. But are you aware of how much more current their knowledge is in comparison to your work experience of 2 years ago? Yes, I know most of what you’ve done can still apply to the next role. Have you taken the initiative to stay current and to keep reading up on your industry, the latest trends, news, buzzwords, hype? If so, then keep it up and you can stop reading here. 

Work means so much more now than your 8-hour shift and whatever the description is. To do well in your job and to stay competitive before a robot or someone offshore replaces you is to go above and beyond (duh). How do you stay competitive with others? That means taking on opportunities to work on projects with your senior, more experienced colleagues, maybe even other teams, or tackling a project on yourself. What can be improved, what needs help, or overall, what can I do to keep yourself invaluable to the company, or any company. 

It all starts with doing more. Job descriptions scratch the surface of what you should really be doing. To become successful and invaluable takes time and dedication. This means staying after hours, working weekends, or somewhere in between. And with the #covid19 pandemic, our personal lives are becoming even more intertwined with remote work being emphasized. How has this affected, or even changed your life? 

Employed or not, it is essential for us to keep up in order to stay relevant. However, please remind yourself to establish your work boundaries to prevent burnout. I will discuss that in my next talk, stay tuned!