Over the past few weeks and likely for months to come, we’ll be seeing lots of examples of creativity. Not only have many of us been given the opportunity to be home and able to work on our home improvement projects that we may have put off, we’re also asked to be more creative when it comes to planning for meals and feeding our families, as well as getting creative about how we can support our communities from our homes while many people aren’t working.
I’ve been taking note of the politicians in my community that are both working hard and communicating frequently with their constituents and the organizations who are contributing in ways to those who are struggling and organizations who are working with the community and government to help those in need. They’re organizations and politicians and leaders that I want to support into the future both as life returns to a level of normal and to watch in the future from a success perspective.
Something that’s also been in the news a lot are the ways that people in the community are stepping up to both support each other and celebrate the first responders who are on the road, in the hospitals and in the essential businesses. It’s great to see companies and people really standing up for and recognizing the hard work that these people are doing. But there are more people who are staying at home than those who are out working, and that’s a huge challenge for our social world. So while it’s important to be supporting the front line workers right now, we’ve also had to get more creative about how we support each other. We’ve heard of communities gathering on their balconies to sing and cheer and chat. This morning I was reading about how the people in New Zealand gathered in their driveways to celebrate Anzac day and tonight I heard a commercial from a popular hot dog brand encouraging people to bring their grills to their front yards and do a front yard “neighborhood” cookout.
I hope that we’ll go back to many of the things we used to, but I also hope that we’ll embrace the creativity that we’ve lived with for weeks and months now, moving into the future with more curiosity, more conversation and more consideration, rather than just blindly resuming our previous daily lives. What used to bring us together, what used to help us reach success may or may not work in the future. If we’re able to learn from and apply this creativity, adaptability and willingness to learn, change and grow, I believe we’ll have an even better future and greater success than what we’ve previously experienced.