Adam Grant, the renowned organizational psychologist at the Wharton School of Business, has written that, among the many emotions and states that we have struggled with during the time of Covid 19, there is one that has gone unidentified.
It’s something called languishing.
Languishing, Grant says, is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. He refers to it as “the middle child of mental health” – the space between depression
and flourishing. It manifests itself in dulled motivation and focus, and has become more likely the longer the pandemic has persisted.
Perhaps you have experienced times of languishing since the onset of Covid 19. I know I have. But at the same time, as a spiritual community we have
As the summer months recede, and before we resume what we hope will be a fully renewed in-person and hybrid life together, I encourage you to take a moment to recognize, reflect on, and be grateful to God and each other for all we were able to do in God’s service since our lives and the world
changed in March 2020.
New ways to Worship, learn and serve together. The renovation of our Chapel Hall. Financial generosity which went above and beyond hopes. The
initiation of a revitalized youth and children’s ministries.
It was not easy nor smooth at times. But is was also not languishing. It was thriving.
Let us continue to thrive, and not languish – stagnate – in the coming program year. In that regard, Episcopal priest Erwin Soukup has written that the surest way for a spiritual community to languish is to consistently insist on the following ways of thinking and being:
We’ve never done it that way before.
We’re not ready for that.
We’re doing alright without trying that.
We can’t afford that.
Something like that can’t work.
During my time here so far, and especially during those long “risk of languishing months”, I rarely recall hearing those sentiments. We have instead seen not just what needed to be done but what was possible, believed it could be, and found a way.
I thank you with all my heart and soul for that.
May we continue to thrive and not languish.