Present Tense

2020 Reimagined

One of those mornings.  Feeling a bit trapped, stilted and restrained.

So, I have to be honest with myself and understand that nobody is restraining me, specifically; it’s my own perceptions.

I’m seeing a lot of complaining and gallows humor about how ‘awful’ 2020 is. How punishing and whacky and off kilter this year has been.

The perception of this ‘year’ (I prefer era or transition because we’re only in the first few innings of this) that I’m trying to foster, internally and personally is this:

What if we we look back in 5, 10, 20 years and realize that 2020 was the year we awakened to some things that we’d been asleep to.

What if this year, that we are all slogging through together, is the year that we FINALLY become conscious of so many things that had been undercurrents of our lives and society for a very long time.

It’s totally plausible that the reason for our fear, anger, outrage, confusion, etc is because we are being forced to see and feel things that we’ve kept buried.

We have 240 years of history, some that isn’t all that glorious, that we’ve been afraid to look at, speak of and accept due to denial, shame, group think and our own inherent need to go along with the conventional wisdom.

Or because we are members of one of the various groups that have not really been allowed a voice or full participation.

OR because we are members of the more elevated and privileged groups who don’t have to worry about the struggles, disenfranchisement or oppression of others.

My writing over the past 3-5 years has pointed to this moment. I warned that all of our institutions were on shaky ground and many are literally crumbling.

Financial, economic, educational, military, health care, GOVERNMENT, political, agriculture, media and on and on. All are failing us.

So, they must fail or evolve, so that we can SEE and then begin to reform and re-work them for a new era. One that is more equitable for everyone, rather than the protected classes.

That is what 2020 is ushering in. And yeah…watching everything that we THOUGHT was true, proven wrong, corrupt, murderous, wasteful, damaging, lethal and horribly manipulated by wealthy, powerful interests is shocking.

So, instead of complaining or deriding 2020 as some crazy anomaly that we will recover from and go back to ‘normal’, begin to shift your perspective into what is REALLY happening. Question your beliefs, behaviors, opinions, actions.

Normal is highly overrated and highly dangerous and corrosive to our well being and our nation.

Grow up says The Divine/Cosmos/God, ’cause we won’t let up until you do.

Hello 2021: Phase 2

June 10, 2020 - Posted by | Musings | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I like your thinking!

    Comment by Big Mike | June 10, 2020 | Reply

  2. Hello 2021

    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
    Abraham Lincoln

    Here’s hoping we finally get it.

    Comment by Anita | June 10, 2020 | Reply

  3. So profound! Thanks for this perspective.

    Comment by Glenda | June 10, 2020 | Reply

  4. Hear, Hear! Your prospective is spot on, as usual! Thanks Jane for articulating (what has been ruminating in my thoughts) so eloquently!

    Comment by Nancy Jo | June 10, 2020 | Reply

  5. I appreciate your view on this topic, , Jane! I have noticed so many ways that we are now pulling together, and are possibly even closer than we have been in years. We have found ways to communicate in new ways, and have found that we can collaborate and continue to move forward even though we have been confined to our homes. And I, too, agree…”normal is overrated and can be corrosive”.

    Comment by cswendte2325 | June 10, 2020 | Reply

  6. Your writing makes me stop, take a deep breath and prepare to learn. Prepare to pause and take in your message. The message is always, glorious, profound and raw. Thank you! Thank you for investing in us. Human kind.

    Comment by Shawndel Snyder | June 10, 2020 | Reply

    • Thank you for those kind words. Greatly appreciated.
      Much love,

      Comment by janelondon | June 10, 2020 | Reply

  7. Right on, Jane!
    Thank you for clearly sharing that our crises can be our birthing time—birthing a higher, fair and just order.

    Comment by Roger Teel | June 12, 2020 | Reply

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