Back To Basics by Cindy Stradling CSL, CPC
One of the many changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is the change in the way people see priorities in their lives. While it is difficult to say that any situation as devastating to people around the world has a positive aspect, in some ways, the results of COVID-19 has allowed many families and individuals to reconnect and to establish a different set of priorities.
Getting back to basics is not just a response to the last few months. It is a way to think about moving forward. It involves a restructuring of what is important in our lives. It also reminds us to make time for these valuable aspects of our life that may have been neglected, overlooked, or even postponed in the past.
Reconnecting or Strengthening Family Connections
Strengthening existing relationships with family members is a goal for many people. Putting aside the hectic pace of life and making a phone call or planning a family meal or get-together is not time lost; it is time invested in your well-being and sense of connection with the world around you.
It is easy to make assumptions that there is always time in the future to reconnect and build these relationships. Making it a priority, and creating a family bond is a powerful way to show how much you love and care for those around you.
Authentic Conversations with Friends
Taking the time to ask about people, to show you care, and to have authentic, meaningful conversations seems to be a lost art. Too often, communication is reduced to a few characters in a text message or an email that is designed to obtain or provide specific information.
Authentic communication and conversations involve listening, learning, and understanding the other person. They are also powerful conversations that help you to strengthen your friendship and continue to build your relationship. Sometimes they include talking about topics that are challenging, but this also shows caring and the interest to learn more about different perspectives.
The basics of kindness, respect, care, and recognition of the people you work with is another way to get back to the basics. Keeping in mind that the little things such as personal recognition, a thank you card, or a gesture of appreciation are all part of creating an exceptional workplace.
This is another area where authenticity is a critical aspect of relationships. Getting back to basics in how we hold ourselves to ethical and professional standards and living this in our daily interactions with others is an effective way to be authentic, genuine, and honest with everyone.