What’s a catalyst?

A catalyst is a chemical which enables or accelerates a reaction although it itself does not change. The word can mean people or things that encourage change in any aspect of life. Covid-19 has caused many changes already and there may well be more. I discussed this in an earlier blog but now, I have seen how I have made changes in my life.

How’s Covid-19 been a catalyst done for me?

I have been using internet shopping, internet banking and have even been to virtual church services. These were all things I had been thinking about for ages, but Lockdown made me jump to it. It has also made me write more effectively because I have concentrated on finishing several books I had started, including a short story collection. My output has increased, including books I write in my other name. I could have done most of these things before, but Lockdown and social distancing have made me act.

Lockdown was the catalyst for my writing surge, producing this collection of shorts.

Lockdown was the catalyst for my writing surge, producing this collection of shorts.

Who else has experienced Covid-19 as a catalyst?

Many organisations and individuals have discovered new ways of using the internet and they allow or encourage working from home. Businesses have abandoned unnecessary meetings and time-consuming procedures. For a time, I thought Parliament was going to move into the twenty-first century, but that’s too much to hope for. Payment by credit or debit cards has replaced cash in many businesses. People have made hygiene paramount. More people are cycling and walking than ever. In all these things, many people had been like me and implemented changes they had been considering for years.

What else acts as a catalyst?

Sadly, it is often a tragedy. A death or serious injury makes a business adopt health and safety measures in practice, rather than on paper. Sometimes a change in the law forces changes in behaviour, when exhortation fails. That often applies to health and safety too, but I am thinking of ant-discrimination laws. Many employers used to find excuses for tolerating racism, sexism and other-isms because their customers or existing employees resisted change, until the law overrode such get-outs.

What catalysts do you need?

How many things have you been discussing, planning and deferring for a long time? What decisions do you need to make? You know the answers, but you just need to get ‘a round tuit’. If I could find a supply of round tuits, I could make a fortune. Until then, why not act decisively, with or without a catalyst?

Ruins. The owners of this palace failed to change depite the catalyst of the Black Death

Ruins. The owners of this palace failed to change depite the catalyst of the Black Death