Smaller World

a man taking a photograph with his mobile phone from the viewpoint over Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain

My world feels physically smaller, yet bigger, these days. I’m no longer an expert in transport timetables, hotel and sandwich chains. That knowledge is now applied to sourcing the best independent locally sourced food. Work is all over the world, even though I run everything from our dining room table.

Despite hardly travelling and meeting face to face, there is more time for meaningful connections and conversations. I have time for things I love doing, that previously couldn’t come on the road with me. While I’m looking forward to being in the room again, I’m curious about how I’ll feel about the trade-offs that accompany it.

Information board at the viewpoint over Loch Beinn a'Mheadhain, listing the names of mountains and peaks in the distance

Last week we consciously took the decision to make our world physically smaller. We went to a quiet part of the Highlands with no phone signal. Slow wifi was only available in the place we stayed. That meant we could focus more on the peaceful beauty around us, appreciating the surroundings and weather for what they are. I’ve lost count of how many people have told me how much more they notice the good things around them since the lockdowns.

We enjoyed the stunning natural beauty, with the bonus of being able to catch up with emails after lovely days walking in the fresh air. One day, we bumped into some lovely people from the same town in Cumbria we lived in for eight years – how’s that for a small world?

I set myself a question 18 months ago. Do I want to go back to ‘normal’ or create my own normal? I’m enjoying my current world and look forward to dipping into the old one from time to time.

What have you done to make your world bigger or smaller? What’s your next step?

autumn view over Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain

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By Paul Tran

Paul Tran helps people think and do things differently through training, facilitation, coaching writing and music. He enjoys spending time in nature, on beaches and mountains.