It’s not all bad news – we’re moving to the beat of change
I was so saddened to hear that Casalinga Ristorante closed its doors last week, after 30 years of creating happy and special memories in the lives of many South Africans. As a family, we have celebrated many special occasions there; weddings, birthdays and even my daughter Gabi’s christening. There are many more of our local and favourite places that have been hard hit by the Covid19 lockdown – and it’s worrying. I physically have to still my mind, and focus on the here and now, so that my thoughts don’t overwhelm me.
The saying goes: when one door closes, another one opens. Alexander Graham Bell reminds us that “we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” But in my mind, there is a long, meandering passage in-between the open and closed door.
The passage is there for a purpose. It gives us time to grieve for what we have lost, and time to give thanks for the part they have played in our lives. But we cannot dwell in the past for too long. And we cannot worry about the future too much either. Living in the past, or the future, has a way of making us anxious – and afraid. We have to walk towards the open door and embrace the present moment with all we’ve got.
I love how Casalinga’s statement reads after the initial announcement: “It’s not all bad news,” they say, “the other businesses which form part of Casalinga Organic Farm are still operating.” This includes Leafy Greens Café, Green Bean Coffee Roastery, the Deli and La Casa accommodation cottages.
And so, we make way for the new, we create new doors, and with new doors come exciting, joyful memories and fresh experiences.
At Chartered we have embraced the “new.” Our entire family has moved from the old door and out the other side, refreshed and energised to give different experiences a chance. Our online numbers are growing, and we are seeing more and more of our family members at our virtual events. We’re having fun too! It was wonderful to hear so many laughs at our virtual quiz night, and I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed the music guru evening where we reminisced about songs from the past; from the dinner jackets to the leather jackets. We have done market and economic updates ,and learnt about empathy and vulnerability, together.
In my heart, I am sure of one thing: more change is coming our way. Life is constantly changing – that’s one thing we can be one hundred percent sure of. But we are not afraid. We may never do things again as we’ve done them before. And that’s ok. Together we have learnt that we are more resilient than we knew, that we are flexible (even though our bones may not feel that way) and that we have the courage to plunge in and move to the beat of change.
Our recent survey revealed that our clients would prefer a mixture of virtual and face-to-face events post-Covid19. And we’re listening. We are looking forward to the change!