• Dr Marisa

Are We Trading Honesty for Optimism?


Mean what you say and say what you mean? Sounds simple enough, but as we enter the 'learn to live with COVID’ phase of the pandemic, this seems to be the exception rather than the rule.


As I chat with colleagues and friends, a common theme emerges – over the last 12 months or so, there have been lots of ‘positive’ discussions in their respective workplaces. These discussions have been broad-ranging and included potential promotions and increased responsibilities, new and exciting projects, office expansions, more flexibility, and the list goes on. The common thread in these discussions has been a sense of positivity and optimism. Yet, for this cohort of friends and colleagues not many of these positive discussions appear to have been or are in the process of being actualised.


Admittedly I am drawing from a small pool of people, but it still makes me wonder: have we become a little less honest and realistic with one another – albeit inadvertently? Has COVID made us feel like we need to talk everything up – put a positive spin on things, for our sake as well as those we are talking to?


Is there a danger, however, of trading honesty for optimism? What happens when nothing happens from all of that positivity – maybe the short-lived feeling of possibility is what some people need from each-other right now, or should we be more aware of the old time adage: mean what you say and say what you mean?


What do you think?

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