What I Meant to Say

“The single biggest problem in communication
is the illusion that it has occurred.” 
– G.B Shaw

From a literary perspective, “Tone” expresses the writer’s attitude toward, or feelings about, the subject matter or audience.  In the age of COVID we have all become authors; email has become an integral part of daily online life.  In 2020, roughly 306.4 billion emails were sent and received each day, and the figure is expected to increase to over 361.6 billion daily in 2024.  So let me ask you a question, when you prepare an email how much consideration do you give its tone?

Lighting the Candle

“We are not here to curse the darkness, 
but to light the candle that can guide us 
to a safe and sane future” – JFK

Prior to COVID-19 we called it Work/Life Balance; a state of equilibrium where a person equally prioritized the demands of a career and the demands of a personal life.  The balance has gone by the wayside; today I think of it more as Work/Life Confusion.  For many, life itself has become their work.  Some spend their days seeking employment while simultaneously helping their children complete online classes and assignments. 

Be Prepared

“It wasn’t raining,
when Noah built the Ark!”

In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell, an English soldier, penned the Scout motto: “Be Prepared”.  In Scouting for Boys, published  a year later, Baden-Powell wrote that to Be Prepared means “you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty.”  Two years later, in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was founded; their motto – Be Prepared!   Many years later, so the story goes, a young boy turned to Baden-Powel after hearing the scouting motto and asked, “Prepared for what?”   

At Our Best

“I believe that at our best, America is a beacon for the globe.
We will lead not only by the example of our power,
but by the power of our example,” – J. Biden

Do you think Tom Brady will be at his best today?  How about Patrick Mahomes?  Does the Super Bowl come down to which team is at it best?  There are so many factors to consider, but I’m just going to consider one, what does it mean to be, “at our best?”  

Painting Your World

 

“Happiness is a state of mind, 
it is simply the way we see the world”

In late December, prior to his inauguration, then President-elect Joe Biden said, “One thing I promise you about my leadership during this crisis: I’m going to tell it to you straight. I’m going to tell you the truth. And here’s the simple truth: Our darkest days in the battle against Covid are ahead of us, not behind us.”  I wish I was his speech writer, because I would have said it differently, “Our greatest challenges in the battle against Covid are ahead of us, not behind us.”