Finding Work & Life Balance in 2020 ….
“After all, tomorrow is another day.” Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With The Wind
The character of Scarlett O’Hara is vain, manipulative and greedy – however she certainly got stuff done. She didn’t let the Civil War beat her, and she wouldn’t let Covid beat her either.
If Scarlett were a CEO of a Fortune 500 firm, she may have started out by saying “Covid, Covid, Covid. This Covid talk is spoiling all the fun of our upcoming conference!”
As cancelled conferences became the least of our concerns, she’d become determined to see this through. “This firm will live through this pandemic and when it’s all over, we’ll never be without a strong financial reserves and enough VPN capacity again. No, nor any of my employees.”
She’d be irritated with people who weren’t willing to face reality, grit their teeth and make sacrifices. “I’m tired of saying ‘how wonderful you are!” to fools who haven’t got one-half the sense I’ve got.”
She’d be confident that things would get better. “After all, tomorrow is another day!”
Scarlett was a difficult character to like (she had a notable absence of female friends other than the faithful Melanie), however she had grit and determination when it came to her family and her business. Virtual board rooms everywhere could use a dash of Scarlett right now.
While I can’t see Scarlett as a BFF, and would never ask her advice in romantic matters (she didn’t need Ashley or Rhett, thank you very much), she’d probably be good in a quarantine.
She’s watch the news unflinchingly, remarking “It’s better to know the worst than to wonder.”
She’d be making masks out of curtains, bullying somebody into growing vegetables and raising chickens, finding every which way to save her house and land, while keeping her family’s local business going.
When the going gets tough, go with a dash of Scarlett.
“Burdens are for shoulders strong enough to carry them.” Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With The Wind