This week for Monday Mojo, the quote is from the economist and author John Maynard Keynes. It is: “The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs…In the long run, we are all dead”
The reason this is a good motivator and is relevant to the moment is the sobering and yet chillingly prescient reminder that if we wait and plan for the long term, we may miss the boat! And in this time of pandemic, where there is much uncertainty, it is hard to plan for things in the long term.
We need to learn to deal with reality the way it is laid out before us. We cannot always plan and anticipate for a rosy scenario. It is best to deal with things as they are. As my old boss would say when things went wrong: “It is what it is!” What she meant was that whatever had happened, we needed to deal with the reality and not the way we wanted things to be.
I believe Keynes reminds us that if we don’t live in the here and now, we may not be able to plan for a future that might never become reality. We need to savor the moments with family, and to enjoy the small triumphs as we weather the storms together. If we can’t learn to do that, we will not be able to plan for the long term. It is a good idea to hope for the best, and always plan for that rainy day when a pandemic may strike! Because if we wait for things to be perfect, as Mr Keynes reminds us: In the long run…we may not be around to enjoy it!