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This pandemic is likely to be a watershed in many respects. There is a real sense of a before and an after, of nothing ever being quite the same. Obviously, only time will tell if that is true. Amidst all the noise, the one thing that has stood out for me is how many people around me commented on the joy and benefits of slowing down. And yet, in normal times, the speed at which we live affords us little time, space and most importantly energy to think, reflect, ask questions. Why am I doing what I’m doing? With some wonderful exceptions, many businesses I engage with are continually scrambling. They seem to be in perpetual survival mode with little time or energy being set aside to asking ‘how can we not only survive but flourish in this environment?’ They are like boats at sea with nobody at the tiller. The boat keeps moving forward but will eventually hit the rocks. How about slowing down, finding where we are, plotting a course and speeding off in that direction?

Imagine if society as a whole and each of us individually began living this lesson? What could we achieve?