Of This We Can Be Certain
The answers to which of these changes will stay, and which will fade from view, are likely to surprise us to some extent. Businesses will, no doubt, delve further into technology for team collaboration, cutting back on meetings and conferences, and it will take time for that to find its ongoing level. Who wouldn’t prefer to work with fewer meetings after all? Experience suggests we’ll try to over-rely on conference calls and video meetings for a while.
Having seen waves of this in the workplace before, the value of the hallway conversation, the unexpected encounter, to make the difference in a business breakthrough will not be given up entirely, once it is remembered in practice.
In our personal lives, the pendulum is likely to be even more predictable.
What will our celebrations be like when social distancing can at last be wound down? We’re thinking they’ll shape up less like New Year’s Eve and more like the reunions of veterans. People who shared so much that only they could understand. Here’s where we will feel more fully than ever how unique our friendships are – how grateful we are for all kinds of relationships in fact.
The perspective that this time of social distancing is giving us could be a catalyst for even more grace, even more gratitude, in our lives to come.
Let’s Begin Right Here
At The Shops at Sea Pines Center, we’ve long observed how the plaza that connects us is a gathering place for neighbors and residents, full-time and seasonal. Many Sea Pines residents consider a stroll through the plaza a kind of living bulletin board for taking the pulse of the resort we call home. Visitors of all kinds, too, seem to gravitate here as a touchstone for discovering what they want to do with their hard-earned time in Paradise.
How fortunate we are to be seen that way. To be the setting for connecting and reconnecting, whether the visit is once a week or once a year. This quiet time gives us the chance to see it more clearly than ever. How grateful we are to be at The Center.