|Kelly: In April, I read a whole book, cover to cover, without stopping for months at a time. That hasn’t happened in a long time! I’d like to say that maybe we’ve learned how to slow down and prioritize our lives in better ways, but I don’t know if that’s true. In my community, I did see more families spending time together outside, more support of local businesses, my grandma learning how to use Zoom and loving the new possibilities of accessibility! Glimpses of better ways. Hopefully, we can hold on tightly to these and other good things, and let go of the rest.
Ariana: The pandemic has definitely thrown us for a loop at Shadowcliff and yet it’s been amazing to see the ways our community has rallied together. Even though we couldn’t do all the things we normally do onsite, like volunteer weekend and meeting as a board, I feel a deeper sense of connection with the Shadowcliff community as a result of the ways we have banded together to make it through this challenge. In many ways, I feel this crisis has accelerated our growth as an organization to rise to the changing needs of serving the greater good in the 21st century. I see strength and resilience in the Shadowcliff community that is inspiring and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.
Chris: I would have to say that the best result from Covid for me has been the reminder of the value of personal, connected relationships with others. Prior to Covid I certainly took for granted the ease of meeting with people, sharing a meal with people, or just spending time talking with people in person. With the social distancing that is taking place I do miss that type of connection and understand the real value and purpose that it has for our lives.
Larry: Our learning and incentive as how to best take the Shadowcliff experience of connection offsite and offer an ongoing array of opportunities to the SC community.
Jay: I think the past 6 months have sharpened skills around perception and acceptance. If you can change your view about “good and bad,” you can be more accepting of the changes that are going on around us.
Skelly: I learned that the SC Board is made of scrappy resourceful individuals, and the best outcome we can have from Covid 19 is that this talented and determined group will take all of the resources they can muster and start moving into a fully realized SHADOWCLIFF 365.
Jamie: COVID 19 has prompted creativity, viability, adaptability and action that would likely not have occurred had we not had the challenges it presented. We have, in a few months, accomplished far more than we thought possible – revising and implementing policies and procedures to open the cabins; shifting to onsite and offsite programming 365 days a year; hosting a virtual auction with great results; creating and implementing volunteer programs including Building the Fire and Communiversity courses; and celebrating with a wonderful virtual Gala! None of this was possible (or even thought of) without the commitment of excellent staff, board members and of course, our entire Shadowcliff community. We are now propelled into the future to find new ways to stay relevant, true to our values and bring about life transformations!
Michael: The Ten Laws of Nature from the Bob & Judith Interpretive Trail at Shadowcliff are profound; and though not needed, I believe the evolution of the COVID19 virus is yet more validation of these laws. The Chi of Nature is trying to control the human population as the earth cannot sustain us because of the human disregard of our planet. Sars CoV 2 is very much an integral part of nature.
- Nature rewards adaptation: Humans have had to make major adaptations to preserve our lives.
- Nature curbs excess from within: The pandemic has greatly, though temporarily, reduced our destructive impact on earth.
- Nature acts locally with rippling effects: COVID19 disease started/starts in a local community/family/village and rippled/ripples across communities, urban and rural areas & regions, continents, and the entire planet.
- Nature favors diversity: The virus affects different people in a multitude of degrees of severity, from no symptoms at all to death, which in and of itself, has made it so lethal and difficult to trace & treat (hence its persistence).
- Nature rewards cooperation: The only effective counter to its spread has been the concerted and cooperative efforts by all human inhabitants of earth
Sue: I think the best thing that came out of COVID 19 has been connecting with our Shadowcliff family through Building the Fire, Communiversity and creative ideas around Shadowcliff 365.
Terry: We became a high performing Board!