“My son has lived through four chancellors, three home secretaries, two prime ministers and two monarchs . . . he’s four month old.” This commentary on what’s happened in the UK recently made me chuckle. As humans, we tend to think we can forecast effectively over the short and long term and that our lives are relatively stable with sporadic periods of change.
In fact, people are generally not very good at predicting the future and there is much more change and variability in our lives than we expect when we are looking forward. The events in the UK over the last four months seem exceptional because so much has happened in such a short period. However, if we explore our lives, we’ll probably find that the path to our current circumstances was not as smooth as we might have imagined when we were looking forward years ago.
There is the saying attributed to the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, that the only constant in life is change. I think that we can adjust our perspectives so that we are not so surprised when circumstances change and potentially see the opportunities that come with change rather than just the challenges. Moreover, we can probably improve our well-being by creating frameworks personally for how we deal with the unexpected so that the emotional ups and downs are not so severe.
Take care and stay safe.
The Bear (Hulu)
A young chef from the fine dining world comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop after a heartbreaking death in his family. A world away from what he's used to, Carmy must balance the soul-crushing realities of small business ownership, his strong-willed and recalcitrant kitchen staff, and his strained familial relationships, all while grappling with the impact of his brother's suicide. As Carmy fights to transform both the shop and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges kitchen crew that ultimately reveals itself as his chosen family.