NaBloPoMo 2020 — Today’s Lesson
Whoa Nellie, this week kinda crushed me. Thank goodness for weekends—time to slow down, take a breath, and recharge.
I have a theory about Zoom fatigue; wondering if it resonates with anyone? Maybe someone has some physical evidence to share? It’s about quantum energy and our olfactory senses.
I actually really love Zoom. After years of running webinars, I’m used to inhabiting a little box next to a PowerPoint, and I love seeing family, friends and colleagues from all across the country and around the world, all at the same time. And all the better if we’re learning or communing around core values and shared goals! With good internet we get real time visual and audio cues, and even see bits of each other’s natural habitats. So what’s missing feels less concrete, harder to describe.
A couple friends and I posit that it’s something around energy. A resonance ensues when people gather, negotiated in the quantum space, intangible yet palpable. In harmonic physical presence we find ourselves synergistically lifted, nourished, and bonded. I think pheromones must also play a role. We fancy ourselves so evolved, but our primitive brains still drive us, or at least have a hand on the wheel. When we cannot connect by vibe and smell, I bet we lose more than we know—and it hurts.
I have no evidence for these claims, and it doesn’t really matter if I’m right. I think we’re all feeling the disconnect more intensely now, eight months into an indefinite and now worsening pandemic. It helps to acknowledge the sadness, the grief.
I understand why so many plan to gather for the holidays. Maybe it’s an impossible balance. I wonder what we’ll regret most in the end?