Bill Snodgrass produces the SNAPlife podcast with inspirational and motivational content, plus an occasional musical experiment, as well. Everything produced is grounded in life-lessons and adding meaning to life.
2020 - This Changes Everything
Back, earlier this year, I said that society would react to the COVID19 pandemic in a way that would make it a historical event on the scale of the Industrial Revolution or the Great Depression. I am afraid I was right.
Just last night, I read an article stating that some of the leading tech giants were giving up their real estate in Silicon Valley and moving elsewhere. That they were going to extend the working-from-home model, even beyond the pandemic.
The end of the 20th Century was riff with high-fives, fist-bumps, hugs, and back-pats. Is that forever gone? What social-distancing equivalents will emerge?
Educators in 2020 have innovated, frustrated, and commiserated through a revolution in instructional design. Where will that take us in years to come?
As the promise of a vaccine waves from the near future, I cannot help but believe that society has learned lessons about immunology and virology that will have on-going impact. Cultures where masks have been part of the norm for decades can applaud themselves as the rest of the world adopts their use. With many saying COVID19 is but the first of its kind to be followed by others, I'm hoping safety will win out over comfort and appearance.
As 2020 winds down, I am even more sure of my earlier predictions. Business will be different. Education will be different. Commerce will be different.
Life will be different.
Don't Expect The Problem To Adapt To You
There is a disease in our society. No, I'm not talking about COVID.
I'm talking about the proclivity to find excuses instead of solutions. It is pervasive in the culture of now, this early 21st Century first-world way of doing things.
Here's the thing. There comes a time when people have to step up and face the problems without expecting the problem adapt to their limitations and weaknesses. There comes a time when WE have to change how WE do things in order to overcome the problem.
(Maybe I am talking about COVID? Masks? Social distancing?)
Stop expecting the problem to adapt. In the larger scope of life… nah… the problems won't cater to our wishes.
Stop Looking For Excuses
Getting everything done on time… is hard. Sometimes.
People who tend to not get things done also tend to have a zillion reasons why. They frequently spend big chunks of time explaining all the reasons (excuses) for not fulfilling their responsibilities.
Just do it.
Stop looking for excuses for why you didn't do things and start looking for solutions to get them done.
You Had Enough Time
Oh, you had enough time.
You had the same about of time as you always have had. You had the same about of time as everyone else.
You just used your time to do different things.
Instead of doing whatever it is that "you didn't have enough time" to do, you used your time on other things.
Maybe you have priorities, and something that was of highest importance demanded you use your time there. The thing you didn't do might have been less important.
But many times, it is the thing that is unpleasant, no matter how important that gets left undone.
You have a certain amount of time, each day, every day. Look at your priorities and make sure the important things are being allotted the time needed.
Neither Too Young Nor Too Old
Can you teach an old dog new tricks? SURE YOU CAN!
You are never too old to learn something new. And you are never too old to find a new dream or set new goals.
And you are never too young to start doing the same thing!
No matter how old you are or how young you are, you can look around yourself and think of things you'd like to do. Things you'd like to improve. Things you'd like to make different.
Start now. Set some goals and make a plan.
You are neither too young nor too old!
Do Happy For The People Around You
Maybe you are having a bad day. You don't have to share that with everyone around you. Not everyone you meet is part of your support network. Don't let the bad things going on inside you spill out onto the random people you meet in the course of going through the day.
In other words, do happy for the people around you. Your smile and friendly demeanor might lift up the strangers you meet, just a little.
Certainly, if you are hurting, you need to be able to be real and genuine around people who care about you!
But just because you're having a bad day is no reason to take it out on the cashier! You can treat them with a little of what you'd like to be treated with.