I’m staring at the new face of business. I’m reminded of this excerpt from Charles Dickens’ “A tale of two cities”.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair”https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities
Two sides of the same story. On one hand utter poverty and lack, on the other innovation and abundance. This is incredulous, that these two realities live side by side and between them a great divide only crossed for the push pull effect of money.
Today in the age of national disaster, we find ourselves in the middle of the trenches, working together trying to dig ourselves out. So are they correct? Does it take chaos theory to bring forth a better future?
Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future.Edward Lorenz
I don’t think one needs chaos at all. Only more chaos comes from chaos and only order begets order, they are not of the same womb. Albeit chaos exists, because we live in a world built on the premise that “my sister’s demise is my brother’s gain”. More than chaos one needs compassion. Caring for your fellow man. I wonder what the mathematical equation for that would look like? If we all shared everything and built a society around this concept, no one would want for anything. This isn’t an approximation, the math checks out if you use the right equation in the first place.
This chaos might’ve unearthed what was already at the surface of our fragile humanity and given face to an even deeper truth: that we need each other. Big business needs their workers on every level, the rich and famous need their grocer for food, the supermarkets need their staff to keep operations going, the people need health care workers to look after the sick ..etc.
Whether a jittery extrovert or a public shy introvert lockdown has had different meanings to everyone. But we have this in common our need to earn a living and provide for ourselves and our families. With this new attributes emerge: resilience, interdependence, changeable and clarity.
I’m reminded of a poem I wrote, it’s about metamorphosis. It’s about how when Jellyfish sever their tentacles, they absorb the remaining limb back into their bodies, reshape themselves to bring their off-kilter bodies back into equilibrium. And this is inherent. They live in an environment that’s up to their ‘eyeballs’ in predators. They’re always under attack and have been created with this unique defence mechanism to reinvent themselves in a sense and keep living. To keep swimming.
Not to mention their electrified tentacles and large bell-shaped heads serve as a refuge for some of the smaller sea animals that travel with them. For brainless, heartless, spineless, eyeless creatures I think they’re very wise! Jellyfish blooms serve as a reminder that when circumstances bring people together extraordinary things happen, perhaps this is our moment to bring about a desert bloom.
When a jelly fish severs a limb
It absorbs what’s left into its body
Contorts and changes
to find symmetry and balance
So here find
Symmetry and balance..
Symmetry and balance.
There’s an opportunity to reinvent ourselves. Yes, the attack was painful and we lost a part of ourselves but we need to assess the losses and find our balance again. To bring our economy to stasis. We must get out of our cocoons find our mission, ready ourselves and flap our wings. This action will cause reverberation and echo our heart’s desire for positive change to those around us. Creating a knock-on effect and inspiring change in others. I like this quote from the Rapid Entrepreneur: “I just threw crap against the wall hoping something will stick”. Brilliant!
How will we reinvent?
- Think like a start-up
- Be an entrepreneur again
- Look for gaps and opportunities
- Start small
- Let go of the past and start re-imagining the future!
- Let go of ranking stuff before people
- Create and build with what is in your hands
- Everyone has some degree of debt, but surely a compromise can be reached, while you reinvent
- Let go of stuff: if creditors refuse to compromise, they can take my stuff but my entrepreneurial ability is what will sustain me in any situation.
- Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
- Get up! And fight.
- Stick your pride
“If you think you can, you are right. If you think you can’t, you are also right.”Henry Ford
Cause and reason
“but is there not a cause?”David and Goliath
Is there not a reason why we should get up and do things differently? To help each other and for victory. To overcome and to get through it. No one fights alone there’s always a team effort involved. The war is won through collaborative efforts.
These are the people who opened their establishments to feeding the needy. These people get up consistently and look for solutions, not just for themselves but for their community too. Not content to sit and wait but to find and do, to inspire hope and create something out of seemingly nothing. They’re successful because they are resilient and willing to work with what they can find however small. They’re successful because they collaborate with those who have different skillsets and can bring something different to the table to make up the whole. They work in harmony because they recognize one skill set cannot function well if at all without the other and thus they achieve their goals.
There have been beautiful team efforts in our country and there are a few causes we can support. One of my favourites:
Ladles of love: https://www.ladlesoflove.org.za/