What I am writing about is where we might go from where we are, whatever the outcome. We are living in turbulent, complex, and uncertain times, that are outside of normal. In the language of complex systems, our behavior, as individuals and as members of our families, organizations, communities, and as members of the U.S. society, has fluctuated and continues to fluctuate way outside our normal bounds. We are in a state far-from-equilibrium and, it seems certain, we are not going to return to a ‘normal’ equilibrium. Here is the bright side. We will get to influence and shape a new reality. There are possibilities and potential here for growth, development, and transformation
First, it is critical to grasp that diversity is a key to resilience in any system. As we make sense of what we experience, then respond, learn and repurpose to adjust to the challenges of change, we are more resilient by drawing on the diversity we find among individuals and groups with different perspectives and experiences. They may reflect different belief systems, mind-sets, skill sets, and different ways of making sense of the world. If we welcome, respect, and leverage this diversity, we unleash an enhanced heterogeneous capacity to respond imaginatively and creatively to the complex challenges at hand. In fact, when we do this, we are bringing people together in a different configuration, and re-ordering our reality to adapt and thrive.
What are the opportunities to grow in our resilience and to shape and influence to realize our purpose and objectives? Here are a few ideas. They are not necessarily new, but I hope they might be helpful to you throughout this week and beyond:
What is your story? What brought you to this moment in time? Take some time to reflect by constructing a ‘Life Map,’ a visual timeline of key moments in your life. How do you perceive your life differently after this exercise? What insights does it offer? Does it influence how you want to move your life forward?