If change is constant, why are we talking about a "new normal" or " not going back to normal", change is Normal.
Individuals and organisation continue to push for structure, consistency, status quo. Stress is the result of many things, amongst other change. We also wish to “change” – but as someone mentioned to me yesterday, change has negative connotations for her.
What is my point?
How do we reconcile the reality that change is normal, it is the norm, but we constantly seek to create stability?
Perhaps an analogy might help to create the understanding, and the one that comes to mind is that of a boat on river system.
The boat does have a form of propulsion in this case we have an electric motor which is charged via solar. We are able to increase our speed, we have radar and information on weather and the land around us. We are in a current and we able to navigate.
This would be something most will relate to.
We have stability on the boat, we control this, we have some knowledge of the terrain and weather and where specific landmarks and ports are. We can decide to go there or not, sometimes this is easy other times it is not.
Normal, stable but in constant change, as the river flows, weather changes, others in the stream require a change in direction from us – change.
I guess this is what normal is and how it can still be normal within change.
What do I mean, well lets assume there is now an earth quake, the rivers direction gets change, there are waves and to add insult to injury as it were, there is also a storm with high winds. All of these events are outside of our control, our boat however remains within our control, it remains normal within our sphere of control but the external which is not within this sphere, is definitely not normal or is it?
After all weather is normal, storms are normal, earth quakes are also but in all instances the time between is not.
Thus we can plan and create systems, checklists and other methods to reduce the impact to our world or boat, we keep normality, but all around us never goes back the original state, it has changed.
So here is a thought?
Do we react to change in the external world, which for the most part is always stable and the true change is within us which seeks to constantly establish status quo within in our time line, which we do achieve in areas within our control, provided the external does not change?
I guess the conclusion is that change and status quo are one and the same, perhaps the area to explore further is in the timing between events and our interpretation of the events as expected, predicted or “random”.
This is the subject of a future thought blog.