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Business as Usual?

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Business as Usual:  Are we on autopilot?

Is it just me or have we become desensitized from what’s going on around us?  Here’s what I mean …. listening to the radio or watching the cable news media, you learn about a tragedy on the other side of the country or other side of the world and without even a break in your routine you continue on with your activities as if all is well.  Yes, you don’t skip a beat. No feelings of empathy, sympathy, not even a moment of acknowledgement that something bad has occurred.  Are we on autopilot?  Do we care about other people?  Is it force of habit to go on with our happy and successful lives without giving a care in the world to other people’s plight?  Are we more focused on what’s happening in the office, with our business, our money, etc.?

If business as usual entails a happy carefree attitude without a worry or concern for others, boy oh boy, are we in trouble! One of the many abilities we possess as a human being is to feel, prioritize, and empathize with other people and their plight. For the most part, we can feel the pain of others, prioritize what’s really important, and we have an innate set of values that helps us determine what’s right and what’s wrong.  With that said, if we’re operating “business as usual,” perhaps we need to fine-tune those inner barometers.  In recent years, companies have adopted socially conscious (awareness) policies and practices which essentially means companies have (or at least appear to have) taken an active interest in what’s going on in the communities and in society overall where they do business.  So, if big business can take an interest, how much more so can and should the individual and small business do the same?

If business as usual does not include helping other people (with what really matters, yes, you know what I mean) then we’re missing the mark, we’re missing an opportunity to proactively and successfully manage our own care, concern, awareness, and feelings of and for other people.  Yes, we have to make money.  Yes, we have to take care of our immediate family.  But, again, if we’re moving like everything is “A-Okay,” we need to break that unconscious force of habit and calibrate and better manage our feelings, what we view as important (our priorities) and compel our conscience to be sharp and acute to the things around us.  People first!

What are your thoughts on this?  Are we missing the mark on something bigger?

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