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The New Normal…reaction.

How one REACTS to any given situation, in my experience, will generally determine the outcome. This world-wide lock-down has clearly shown that there is a great deal of learning that humans need to do. The “public” has reacted to the COVID crisis in a variety of ways. Whether you choose to view the evening mainstream media or seek your news elsewhere there are clear divides in how people have reacted to this situation.

There are some that are convinced that we are all going to die if people don’t wear masks. There are others convinced that the crisis is a world wide conspiracy designed to interfere with their personal rights and freedoms. Which ever way your opinion gate swings there are still lessons to be taken away from all of this…

  • social distancing equals respect for personal space – a long forgotten art.
  • clearly you don’t really need all that cheap crap made by slave labor in foreign countries.
  • going out for dinner will go back to being a meaningful experience as opposed to simply being too lazy to cook for one’s self.
  • a reminder that something very small can make a huge impact in your life
  • a little less bullying? If you see point above regarding personal space, it’s hard to poke someone in the chest from a six foot distance.
  • a little more gratitude for the little things such as being with friends and family.
  • learning to be comfortable with the company of yourself and those you share space with.
  • appreciation for seemingly non-consequential items such as access to parks and other public spaces, taking an evening stroll, letting the kids run wild at the playground
  • growing and preserving some of your own food. Gardening can be a relaxing, dare I say meditative experience. Feeding yourself and those nearby won’t be as stressful if you have almost FREE food put away.
  • Buying more locally produced stuff – even meats. Perhaps its time to start going back to the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker ways in certain things.

It’s time to back the truck up, and just take stock. What’s your reaction?

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The New Normal….Problem?

There are points that (in my humble opinion….) that really should be pondered quite carefully with all of the radio and television play on what our government and media keep telling us that that we will be “the new normal”. Please take a moment and really think about this. Then, define normal.

normal ►

  • adj.Conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type; typical.
  • adj.Functioning or occurring in a natural way; lacking observable abnormalities or deficiencies.

OK, so there is a definition…the question being, do you constitute “normal”. The next question is: was the “old” normal a good thing?

Many are sitting home in this very strange time and are having to truly think about that their version of normal is. Do you or anyone you know have to completely re-evaluate their personal definition of “normal”?

Is it proving to be having no time for yourself at all? Does normal equate to an endless round of dance lessons, soccer practice, hockey schedules, drive through meals on the way to someplace that the kids/spouse need to be? Does it mean that your house and your mind are a mess because there’s no time to simply relax?

Does it mean that you get up every morning and go to a job that you hate? To be stuck in a building with people that you don’t like in order to earn enough money to make the rent or mortgage. Does it mean that “at least I have a job” goes through your mind more than once in a 24 hour period?

Has “normal” for you become a matter of habits that our grand-parents would have shaken their heads at? Spending more than we earn, on things we don’t need, to impress people we probably don’t like?

Was your “old” normal a good way to live? Think about that.