I saw a post on Facebook the other day that made me laugh out loud. It basically said “In March, we had Friday the 13th, a full moon, turned the clocks ahead – all in one weekend; October 31st Halloween is on a Saturday, a full moon, turn the clocks back an hour. Maybe this will return us to factory settings?”
Wouldn’t it be nice to reset 2020?
The Great Reset, a term popularized ten years ago by a book written in the aftermath of the 2008 global crash, fits so well with what is going on today. The book talks about two resets in American history, the Depression of the 1930s and the Long Depression of 1873. America’s crashes lead to reboots – both depressions set the stage for a rejiggering of work, finance and lifestyles aided by technological advances that enabled new ways of living and getting things done. Sounds familiar, huh?
In many cases, this year’s sudden lockdowns and shutdowns only accelerated changes already trending. Shoppers were already abandoning malls to shop from home. Many career professionals had pushed to be able to work from home, whether sometimes or all the time. Jobs had been moved to cheaper geographic regions. And even the young were going out less already, finding entertainment and connecting with others from the convenience and comfort of home. Maybe too much at home sometimes, but these changes were already rolling.
If some senators get their way, the United States could completely forego falling back an hour this year. They cite impacts of the coronavirus pandemic while proposing legislation that, if passed, would skip the upcoming time change and keep the country on daylight saving time through November 2021. So we might not get that great reset after all!?!
Instead of waiting for things to go back to the way they were, why don’t we try to make things better and learn from the past. After all, COVID is the universe’s way of saying “Humans, y’all need to chill and reset, here you go. Thank me later.
From Amy Hurst, CPM®
CREW Austin President