“What is different?”
Because we rarely notice what is the same.
It is not easy to focus on the chronicle. In fact, it is really difficult. Too often, we are in organizations with high debt, living quarter to quarter, or we depend on clients or day-to-day bosses. Too often we don’t have enough reserve to focus on anything other than what’s changing or what’s attracting attention.
It is the chronic problems that end up causing the most pain. Systems at work that never get better or problems that get worse.
For too long there have been poor schools, unfair opportunities and the pain of poverty. There have always been innocent people in prison and incredible voices who need our help. There have long been transplants and inefficiencies and the tragedy of preventable disease and discomfort.
But too many times we have turned away from these issues, things that we are used to, because they seem to be the same as them. The status quo exists because we have accepted it. We may have worked hard on some of the issues, but it seems impossible to be on guard over each one all the time.
And the marketers pushed us to focus on the new film, the new crisis, the new technology …
When a sudden change occurs, it’s easy to focus on it, to the exclusion of everything else. It’s the delta, the change, the acceleration – it catches our eye. And we can’t turn away, or we feel like we can’t.
The media are in the business of the Delta. That’s all they do, that’s what they get paid for and they work to maximize our addiction.
Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to spend time away from the Delta, but if you can, it is worth it.
The problem with living on the delta is that as we get on a roller coaster of external change, we forget to work on the issues that we have the opportunity to improve upon.