THE PANDEMIC HAD TO COME AS A SHOCK… a family reflection of a world reset

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Everyone is talking about the same, it would be impossible not to – this thing affects us all. Literally!… but in what ways? Currently, Simo and I live with my parents in Medellín, Colombia. And this has allowed us not only to go through this crisis together (amongst other things), we also did a family exercise with my dad as the facilitator. He guided us through what is called a constellation, so we could analyse our positions regarding the Coronavirus, beyond the rational perspectives. Below are the outcomes of this session, in the words of my father, Javier Jaramillo:

We realised that we need to think of this current reality of Covid-19 in four different dimensions, simultaneously:

  • The micro: the personal one, within us, from our emotions and fears, experiences, beliefs and most personal hopes.
  • The proximity: one of our families, friends, communities we belong to, clients, our industries and closest groups.
  • Society: the governments, the elite, the world economy, food, health, the international community and bureaucracy of the climate and SDG (sustainable development goals).
  • The planet, and life itself.

These are really indivisible dimensions, they constitute the system of loyalties in which some of us move.

During our family reflection, we were struck by the fact that almost sixty years of conventions, protocols and rhetoric, were not really capable of moving the inertia of the world at a reasonable speed towards a way of thinking and acting, consistent with life, with the essential, the austerity, fraternity and solidarity … The pandemic had to come as that shock so that with little or a lot of reflection we move from place to place and reset ourselves in the world, and finally listen to what we have not wanted to hear, or what we have heard but has not substantially modified our way of living.

The second thing that comes to our conversation is the attitude and the role of those who are facing this situation directly. The heroes, the medical servers and all the personnel of the service of the society: police, firemen, scientists, garbage collectors, watchmen, personnel of public services, volunteers, all of them and their families …

We are under the impression that if we are “waiting” for the situation to “happen” we are wrong … it will not happen … it is not a pause “to return to normality”. It resonates with us that “we will not return to normality because the problem WAS normality”.

Normality has created the problem and it is reflected in all the difficulties we are facing now. Everything we know how to do in a conventional way, often regulated and standardised, is now inappropriate for the new reality.

We perceive that this new reality, for a time, which will not be short, has to do with two things: the basis of life and the highest point of the pyramid of life: that is, the new reality is marked by finding solutions for people’s food, work, health and emotional balance; and all this in key or in coherence with the preservation and generation of conditions for life in harmony with nature…

Welcome to the resetting, simplicity and austerity, we welcome the highest interest in life and the coherence with the voice of the planet.

From now on, we are attentive and following the actions of those who are at service to mitigate this situation, and we are looking for ways to become active and to serve the highest cause of the planet and life.

"Constelling" the Coronavirus, no to understand it but to evaluate our positions regarding this situation. This is a photo of the elements at the end of the session.
This is how the constellation of elements looked at the end of the session

Javier D. Jaramillo A. Consultant. Moderator and facilitator of systemic structural conversations focused on solutions; expert in planning, impact evaluation, and systematisation of social projects.

Author: Carolina

I used to be a Digital Project Manager with a passion for healthy food and fitness. Now I’m a full-time healthy lifestyle advocate, on a mission to spread the word about the best medicine: healthy life habits. I am a certified Health & Nutrition Life Coach, Les Mills BODYPUMP™ Instructor, and PADI Scuba Diver; I am a sociable and positive individual, I speak three languages and this has allowed me to get to know and understand several cultures. I love learning, and I have achieved most of what I aimed in life. I value justice, empowerment, friendships and a sense of community. I don’t like enclosure, artificial things, nor melon. I enjoy life, and I take care of the planet.

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  1. Well done Caro, thanks for sharing this experience with all of us, this a good exersice we all have to do (in a different ways) problably this is the moment to do it (who knows?) once again thanks

    1. Thank you for reading! Sure, it is definitely a moment to do things we have never done before, and to think and reflect on what we usually do and think 🙂

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