There is an often-used saying about planning, usually trotted out by would-be authority figures; teachers, parents, bosses -as an admonishment for being unprepared. It goes like this: Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Fair enough. It is great to plan. However; there is another saying, popularized by John Lennon that I think is a little more apt today: Life is what happens to you when youre busy making other plans. Life has thrown us a Covid curveball that few of us could have predicted as we sat down and drew up our New Year’s resolutions. How will we react?

If we were to start civilization anew with today’s technology at hand, how might it differ from our current model? Would we still think it is a good idea to huddle our kids in a small room to be taught by one adult? Would I still reach into my pants pocket, pull a piece of paper out of a compartment constructed from animal skin, then exchange it for a larger piece of paper containing yesterday’s news? (Yes I know, admitting I do this already casts me as a relic)! Hitting closer to my occupational home, would we still think it is a great idea to open the doors to our clients homes for two hour increments and allow strangers to roam about? Many things we do in life, we do because it is the way these things have always been done. But are they efficient?

We rely on practices from a bygone era that have become institutions in our current society. Yet, technology still hurdles forward. Our habits struggle to keep pace – particularly when livelihoods are threatened. Now, it would be useful to remember that the invention of the automobile devastated the farriers union, but it also created greater opportunities. A pandemic is many things, most of them bad, but perhaps it is also an impetus for some positive change, both societal and personal. It gives us a reason to reimagine our routines with fresh eyes and to see if there is a better way forward.

Before Covid arrived, we at Coldwell Banker Neumann Real Estate were in the final stages of drafting plans to renovate our office to more efficiently serve our clients. Those plans were initially postponed, for no other reason than that everything was postponed. Originally, we were disappointed. Now, we have come to appreciate that what we initially viewed as a setback, was merely an opportunity to ensure that our plans fully envision the future. Covid will be the impetus for change for many things. It is up to us to make those changes positive.

Thanks for reading, stay well.

Jeff Neumann