Don’t look now, but a new year is nearly here, potentially with even greater challenges for meeting planners. But stop and think for a moment. What would it be like to be beamed back to 1815 with a battery-powered tablet or smartphone in your hand, or even a flashlight? No one would recognize these devices. You might even be deemed a sorcerer or witch. Today we know that much of what we don’t understand or can’t see does exists — ultrasonic waves, TV remote controls, smartphones, CAT scans and black holes to name just a few of the thousands of examples.
Suppose you were beamed to the year 2025 and told that you could handle all the information confronting you, never need to feel behind and could feel the clock slowing down. Suppose you were told there was no reason to have headaches or that you could approach nearly everything in your career with grace and ease because it’s now possible. Would this be sorcery? No, because truthfully, it’s already all possible.
When the going gets tough
What would life be like if you could drop back when you wanted or needed to? Have time for true rest and relaxation? For quiet reflection? No one lives a life with constant breathing space, but some among us do recognize the limits of our days, weeks, years, careers and lives versus the infinity of everything that competes for our time and attention. Even in tough situations, if you have a vivid portrayal of what you face, you can map an approach that will bring you to higher ground.
During the darkest days of World War II, when London endured the Blitz and many citizens feared they’d become slaves to the Third Reich, Prime Minister Winston Churchill assessed the challenge, decided what he had to do to triumph (get America into the war) and proceeded to do so.
The concerns in your life might be annoying and relentless, but none are insurmountable. To have breathing space requires continual effort. You wouldn’t take a bath once a week and expect to be clean all the time. The same is true with breathing space.
Creating more heaven on Earth
Despite the pace of change in society — the constant development of new technology, all the paper and information that confronts us daily and everything that competes for our time and attention, we can remain resilient.
When we carve out even a few moments of breathing space for ourselves, the world is a different place. It seems less hectic and things often work out better. We have a sense of control and are almost independent of our environment. The feeling of being in control of our lives, while acknowledging that we’re only a small part in the overall scheme of things, enhances everything around us every day. Try it.