The discussions in our recent meetings today reflect a world of chaos. Everything that we can see or touch is in a state of change or flux. Individuals have lost sight of the purpose of many projects. The challenges in knowing how to work together continue to grow. The sense of belonging is under threat. As a newcomer to the conversation, I wish that I did not recognize the situation. Echoing a country song, “it sounds like life to me.”
In no way am I minimizing or excusing what is going on. I recognize this as a recurring cycle that is real, dangerous, and potentially life threatening. It happens across the real and virtual worlds that we live in. The threats and confusion emerge when ego (self) and the need for power (variation on ego) come into a situation.
I have no idea how one might prevent or avoid this situation. It happens randomly. It can occur without a visible catalyst. I do know that it can emerge at will.
I find myself repeating a warning that many have before me. One wisdom father said “I know that as soon as I’m gone, vicious wolves are going to show up and rip into this flock, men from your very own ranks twisting words so as to seduce disciples into following them instead of Jesus.” (Acts 20.29, 30) Be prepared. Be warned.
The real question that you and I must address is a simple one. What is next?
What am I going to do in the face of chaos?
What action will I take when I am being threatened?
In the context of our meetings, many on our teams have gone into survival mode. They are emotionally bruised and battered. They desperately want to survive. Candidly, they want the chaos to go away. If it means going back; so be it.
Even if I wanted to, I do not have the option of going back. I am not sure this is ever an option for anyone. I face a stark question. Where do I want to be?