THE FORTUNATE THINGS FROM A PERCEIVED MISFORTUNE
Updated: Apr 16
I grew up in South Africa with an older brother and younger sister, my parents were very protective and became worried about the world we lived in during the very early years of my life, as a result we grew up in an isolated world; sometimes only going out every few months and having very little contact with anyone outside of our small immediate family.
While I may feel adapted and able to function under the current circumstances, I started out in a place of feeling very scared and worried about the new dynamic in which I was meant to exist and function.
Here are the fortunate things that can happen to you during this time
Collaboration, Comradery and Unity
I work for a large organization with 30+ Employee’s based at the Auckland site, during this transition we have seen a resounding effort from everyone to connect with each other, asking more often “Does anyone need help” or “Where can I be used?”
Conversations are happening more and are thoughtful and provoking.
We have seen a heightened sense and need for collaborative effort than when we in the office and it is unanimous that we feel more connected.
Colleagues who work in offices outside of Auckland are happier and feel entirely more connected and apart of the organization than ever before and are also getting to know people they’ve previously never really connected with.
Preston & Blythe has always valued relationships and trust with its staff and its great to see them put together a work from home structure that harbours that.
Whilst it’s been an adjustment, there have been several benefits and made our team stronger.
Creativity Flow and being Present
My siblings and I had to spend a lot of time problem solving and coming up with idea’s as we had no peers to source information from, you will be surprised at what levels of problem solving and adaptations are sitting in your mind untapped that you are going to be calling on.
This could probably be the most exciting benefit in isolation; the spark to our innovation and creativity.
With the lockdown we have all had to figure out how we are going to be serving our clients from new environments under new conditions.
We’ve united to come up with ideas on how to unpack our services or what new things we can offer during this time. Without the lockdown, we would still find ourselves in a comfort zone with unexplored potentials.
Self-Awareness and Effort
Life is rushed, we are always chasing
Living weeks from one task to the other, sometimes not paying attention to what is happening in between.
Get ready, eat breakfast, get to school, get to work, pushing to the next Thing we need to do.
Sometimes or often getting irritated about anything that happens in between our Plans, which really means all the while we are forgetting about the thing called Life in between our commute through the week to survive.
The lesson can be that isolation has caused the hamster wheel to stop spinning in your head, make you stop and take account, become curious, involved and present for each other.
Change your thinking