Playing to the whistle

You’ll hear this reminder at field sports of all ages: play to the whistle!

Sometimes players stop, believing that a foul has been committed, expecting the referee to intervene. But the whistle never comes. The game is still going on. Now they’re playing catch up.

This metaphor is apt for those of us trying to work in this pandemic era. It’s easy to get distracted, to down tools and lose our focus when we hear of worsening case numbers or imminent changes in restrictions.

It seems like the whistle is about to be blown. But often, it isn’t. We need to play on, and do whatever we can until we know for certain that we cannot.

In uncertain times, make sure you play to the whistle.


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