Wondering how this post lands for others given current context as we continue to navigate the global pandemic & layers of unknowns unlike many of us have ever experienced? Contrast: Pre-pandemic, as a Freelance Professional Storyteller who in 2005 had sold her home & possessions to create and facilitate a voluntary Literacy, I welcomed unknowns and lived and embraced them every single day.
Whether that was, upon invitations, traveling village to village on the back of pick-up trucks so I could share a workshop, or it was choosing to couchsurf in Ghana in 2013 or it was saying yes to an invitation from a woman I'd just met on a train to attend a food festival in a village in Italy... or it was simply not knowing when or where my next paid gig would be or where I would live (I've been mostly nomadic for 12 of the last 16 years).
Current: Now we've had a global pandemic filled with unknowns like many of us have never experienced. It's a different world and not so simple. We've been through a global collective trauma. Daily Unknowns about what is safe or unsafe can feel more triggering to past trauma.
This is all to say, in our current world, what if we allow ourselves to be more gentle with ourselves and others about navigating the unknowns?
And what if it's also about honoring context? Each of us have different experiences with the unknown that influence how we view and respond to how we navigate.
Narrative Therapy practices have taught me so much about the value of acknowledging, honoring the many layers and always taking context into consideration.
As some of us are now slowly emerging may we be kind and compassionate with ourselves and each other.