“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here.
It’ll be, better than before.
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.”
These words from Fleetwood Mac’s song encourage us to let go of yesterday and look forward to tomorrow. We are wanting to do just that in this time of Covid-19. However, it is still getting through today that is the challenge.
That said, we do need to be thinking about tomorrow. What lessons will we have learned about our church, our nonprofit, our school, and about our personal lives?
I have heard people say things like, “I just want it to be like it used to be.” After going through all of this, that is not good enough. Our goals need to be to make things better than they have ever been!
In order to make this possible, we need to have conversations now about how to make things “better than before”. Based on the Covid-19 experience, what have we learned about what we can and need to let go of? What have we learned about relationships? What has our ability to adapt and be resilient taught us? How has communication changed?
Let’s talk about these things. One way of starting the conversation might be to imagine some different scenarios as we think about tomorrow. For instance,
- What do we want tomorrow to look like if things opened up this summer?
- What do we want tomorrow to look like if things didn’t open up until sometime in the fall?
- What do we want tomorrow to look like if the remainder of 2020 is about social distancing and masks?
There will be no light switch moment. Most likely, tomorrow will emerge gradually. But let’s not go blindly into tomorrow when we have learned so much about ourselves, our churches, our organizations.
“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow!”
John V. Clark, President/Partner
The James Company