I have mentioned several times that this virus feels like the worlds slowest tsunami and I’m not the only person using this language. We are all on the shoreline, some of us on higher ground, some of us on the beach unable to be anywhere else. I have been using the metaphor of web and ocean in how I conceive of what is happening for me personally and professionally as well as about what is happening in the larger world.
The earthquake happened elsewhere, far away, unfelt and unnoticed by most of us. But the detection devices did what they were supposed to do and sounded the alarm. We all understand that the alarm was heard by many, and heeded by most and that there are still those that think that the alarm is not real. That’s okay. The wave is coming for all of us, head in the sand or not.
We can all see the wave in the distance, looming on the horizon and we are suspended in time and terror and hope, waiting for the wall of water moving in our direction to crash over all of us and sweep us away leaving destruction in it’s wake when if finally recedes. Wiping the slate clean, or, at the very least providing fertile ground for what’s to come.
I have mentioned that many of us have boats and are able to float. Those on the beach will be required to swim, if possible. Weaving all of this together is the web, the narrative, and the story of connection and disconnection and of how the web holds us. How we are discovering or rediscovering the ways in which we need one another and how we can meet those needs, for others and for ourselves.
I don’t have any profound words of wisdom to offer but I have been exploring these ideas for a while now and I find that I come back again and again to the understanding that this is an opportunity for intentional evolution and progress. That maintaining connection and kindness with others and ourselves is the foundation for the coming months and years and that the axis of reality might be tipped a bit in favor of our (collective) higher principals as a result. I think the structures that we (humans) have built are collective stories that we all (mostly) agree to and that when enough folks choose to believe different stories, then we can evoke and create new futures where the web is honored and the support that it offers is woven by all of us. When the water recedes, we get to rebuild anything we desire.