The journey is always ongoing. Change is constant. Some particular changes have been or were made, or continued to be in progress. Lessons learned, then learned again… and again. COVID came along and the path to change became a moving walkway at the airport. Welcome to your destination, a lot sooner than you intended to arrive.
Filter: completely broken, though tact is still employed (…most of the time….). Thoughts are withheld only if it’s appropriate (self-preservation, won’t add to or change the circumstance). In most cases, thoughts are shared, with kindness (….most of the time…). My norm always has been to consider all sides, analyze every position and possible outcome from sharing, speaking out, talking back. But I’ve held my tongue many a time when I shouldn’t have (most likely for irrational reasons, like letting anxiety lead the way). From COVID time forward: Truth at all times, especially when I might have been silent.
Getting to enough: takes a lot less time than it used to. When people show you who they are, believe them (thanks, Dr. Angelou).
Ill-advised/rude/inconsiderate behavior: not tolerated, no matter who the perpetrator is. Relationship/ties/history provided limited cover in the past, but no more. The benefit of the doubt is always offered. Mea culpas, given and accepted. But it’s a path everyone has to agree on and people have to be willing to meet halfway. If not, farewell, no matter who you are.
Settling for less than: No longer an option. Shrinking to fit smaller spaces never works.
The many ways the pandemic has created and will continue to create change are ongoing. Personally, that has been the greatest silver lining of an amazingly awful time. In the midst of the challenges, I was and am so completely grateful.