You are not alone when it comes to facing up to the challenges of the pandemic – and we all have a duty to continue supporting each other and keep business moving during these testing times
Do you remember how we all got into quizzes at the start of the lockdown? What happened to that? Well, some of you may be missing that little bit of online fun so, as a special treat, I have incorporated a mini ‘Guess the Song Lyric’ quiz into this blog. I hope you enjoy it. We all need to have a bit of fun from time to time. The answers are at the end – no peeking or Googling!
But this piece does have a much more serious undertone – so please be ready for that too. I hope you can read it in the spirit which it is intended, which is one of openness, inclusion, and genuine concern for everyone within the SYNAXON UK community, team and wider channel.
Incidentally, The Undertones were one of my favourite bands when I was a youngster; I always loved Fergal Sharkey for managing to rhyme ‘Kevin’ with ‘Heaven’, and ‘Cabbage’ with ‘Challenge’ (from My Perfect Cousin).
Anyway, all you have to do is name the song and the artist for each of the lyrics quoted. You get a bonus point if you can name the year they were released, or a year either way – and a bonus point for knowing when My Perfect Cousin was released as a single, give or take a year.
Here’s the first lyric:
Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone
That certainly resonates today. No matter how hard you try to simulate or virtualise what you did before the pandemic started, it’s just not the same. Online meetings and events can work well, but it’s not the same as being there in the room with your colleagues and partners. I recently attended a black tie awards ceremony from my spare bedroom, that was surreal, mainly because I had a Tuxedo top and shorts/flip flops below…. and YES! we won an award!
But we are where we are, for now, at least. Here’s another lyric – it’s particularly appropriate at the moment:
Don’t let go, you’ve got the music in you
One dance left, this world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up, you’ve got a reason to live
Can’t forget, we only get what we give
That last phrase – ‘we only get what we give’ – is really important to remember as we head into what appears to be a second wave and partial lockdown. We need to keep giving if we want to get something out of it all.
Early on, everyone was taking part in regular social team get-togethers and virtual events during the day and playing online quizzes in the evening. There was a lot of enthusiasm at first. But recently, that’s waned quite a bit. No one is quite as eager to join my ‘Monday munch’ club anymore. No one seems to be doing quizzes online anymore either.
We can only surmise on why this happening but mostly it’s probably just fatigue. Working from home does not suit everyone and spending most days on a succession conference calls is tiring. Here’s another very apt lyric:
Zoom, you chased the day away
High noon, the moon and stars came out to play
Then my whole world went zoom3
I think people are also just getting fed up with the general restrictions and limitations that we are all under in terms of where we can go, who we can see and what we do. That’s affecting their motivation and morale. I certainly feel that way at times. We know we have to do it – but it’s tough. On that note (haha), here’s another one:
When the going gets tough, the tough get going
You get a bonus point if you can name the film for which it was the theme tune.
This is another lyric that rings true right now because the going has got tough and we need to respond accordingly. This whole experience has been difficult for everyone, but we do have support networks. We all have teams and partners. If you are a SYNAXON UK member, you have other members too. We have to remember that we are not alone; you might have seen this one coming:
You are not alone. for I am here with you
Though you’re far away, I am here to stay
Making sure people do still feel part of a team – and never feel distanced and isolated – is really important. This is why business leaders and managers have been trying to keep the communication and the dialogue going with their teams. Here at SYNAXON we have regular meetings to discuss objectives and achievements and it works well by incorporating the whole UK team and some of our colleagues from Germany.
It’s also important at this time to think about what we have today, how much we value it, and how we’d feel if it wasn’t there anymore.
For example, if the regular team sessions did not happen, what would that say about your boss or your company? That they did not care about you? That they did not care about the survival and future of the business? Of course, they do care – and not just because it’s their job. You would expect them to keep trying, and they will expect everyone in their team to keep trying too. To keep their heads up, keep supporting customers, partners, and each other, and keep the business moving.
Here’s the last lyric:
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You’re never gonna keep me down
It is not easy for any of us, and it’s understandable that we might feel a bit fed up with it all. But it is still absolutely the case that we are all in the same boat. We all have to keep making the effort, putting something in, showing our resilience, determination, and mental toughness. We have to be there for each other.
And no matter how many times we get knocked down, we have to get back up and keep fighting.
At the end of the day, we all want the same thing – to protect and preserve what we already have, so that when we come out on the other side of the pandemic, as we will one day, we have something to build on for the future.
OK, serious stuff over, how did you do?
My Perfect Cousin by The Undertones was released as a single in 1980
1 – Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Michell, 1970
2 – You Get What You Give, The New Radicals, 1998
3 – Zoom, Fat Larry’s Band, 1982
4 – When the Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean, 1985 – the song was used as the theme for the film. The Jewel in the Nile
5 – You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson, 1995
6 – Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down), Chumbawamba, 1997
Song title – one point
Artist – one point
Year (give or take a year) – one point (including for My Perfect Cousin)
If you guessed the film too – one point
Maximum score – 20
Let us know how you did – and how you are coping – by leaving a comment below.