Amplification which brings clarity
One thing I have become very curious about since we began the COVID Rāhui is the things in our lives which have been amplified as a result of this journey. Level 4 self-isolation has forced us to do things differently, whether it is to meet online instead of face-to-face, or to go out of our way (literally) when out walking to keep our social distance from our neighbours. The COVID Rāhui has also brought into the light many things that were previously hidden by our busyness.
The COVID Rāhui has amplified the health of relationships. For relationships that are in good health the Rāhui has provided a space to build and strengthen; for unhealthy relationships the Rāhui has amplified that which is not working.
For those without the dual role of child-minding the COVID Rāhui has amplified how much can be achieved when you are not constantly being interrupted. But it has also amplified how exhausted we become if we work all day without interruption!
The COVID Rāhui has also amplified the importance of the breaks we have between meetings when we work face-to-face; the breaks that enable us to walk to a different meeting space or grab a coffee or chat at the water cooler.
I’m guessing that most of us who have spent the majority of our days on Zoom have figured out you need to add breaks into your schedule otherwise you end the day with ‘zoom-bottom’ and a frazzled brain.
Speaking of Zoom, I’ve been fascinated about what is amplified in online meetings. I have been mesmerised to see people in new ways. Being online takes away many of the distractions usually present in a room. You observe things with greater clarity; at times it has felt like you have a birds-eye view of your everyday experiences.
Video conferences have also brought a new discipline to our communication. For example with only one person being able to speak at a time, people who control meetings by cutting in on people have been thwarted in their tracks. Meetings without a good structure wander aimlessly, muting your mic makes any contribution a deliberate act but also limits spontaneity. There has been so much to learn.
I have also heard from teachers who have students who are absolutely thriving in this environment. Students who are loving not having to go to school and navigate the behaviour of other children. This has amplified how little choice children really have about how they are educated.
As we begin our journey out of the Rāhui it is my hope that the positive insights we have gained about ourselves and others will not be lost; and that we will move forward into the future with the courage to change the things that are simply not working.
Til next time
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