The “New” Normal

Oh, how quickly our world has changed!

We (in the U.S.) started hearing about the coronavirus outbreak in China sometime in late December. Then the number of cases started escalating in January very quickly. Very quickly!

Fast forward two months later and many families who were getting ready for spring break are now instead facing a new reality.

We are now living in a world were the most common phases we’re hearing are: “Social Distance”, “Shelter-in-Place”, “Flatten the curve”, and the “New Normal”.

As of the publication of this post (Sunday March 29th, 2020) there is still no clear indication on when our lives will get back to normal. There is so much uncertainty and after nearly two-weeks of isolation many of us are starting to question what the short-term future would even look like.

We are truly living in an unprecedented time. Many questions are yet to be answered and many people are wondering what all this will eventually mean for our livelihoods.

In a previous post I wrote about leading in tough times. These are tough times all right! But this is also a great time to demonstrate our resiliency. It’s a time to bond together as families, as communities, and as a society. These are no doubt trying times, but these are also the times when we start seeing all the good the human spirit has to offer.

I saw this week how quickly my local community came together to help those in need. People were offering to do grocery runs for neighbors who were not able to go on their own. I saw people taking time out of their work-from-home day to read stories online to their kid’s classmates via video conferencing. I saw fellow gym members getting together for a workout session online (Zoom to the rescue once again). I saw local restaurants donate food to the many selfless first responders and healthcare workers who are giving so much of themselves during this crisis. I saw people praying from their cars around a hospital building. I saw pastors preaching from empty churches but reaching more people than they ever have before. I saw Jimmy Fallon and the Roots do a great rendition of “Stuck in the Middle with You” from their homes. (video below if you haven’t seen it yet). I saw all of these beautiful acts of kindness, hope, and joy without stepping out of my own home.

Social distance and isolation do not mean we aren’t together.

My point is that we will all get through this and we will do it with an upbeat spirit and with a big heart for helping those in need. We are all creative, persistent, and tough!

I do want to ask you all for a big favor while you’re here. Go through your phone contacts and see who you haven’t contacted in a while. Give them a call. Not all of us are able to cope with isolation as easily others can. Some people need to hear from you.

I’d like to also share these 6 Daily Quarantine Questions that you should be asking yourself every day until you feel you’ve reached your new normal. Or you can just make this part of our daily habit. Here they are:

  1. What am I Grateful for today?
  2. Whom am I Checking In on or Connecting with today?
  3. What expectations of “normal” am I Letting Go Of today?
  4. How am I Getting Outside Today?
  5. How am I Moving my Body today?
  6. What Beauty am I either creating, cultivating, or inviting in today?

I don’t know who to attribute these questions to (if you do, please let me know in the comments so I can give the proper credit) but they are all fantastic questions to ask yourself every day while we continue going through this pandemic.

On a final note, if you are a person of faith like I am, here’s another reminder that we are built to handle this. The Word of God reminds us that:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Phillipians 4:13 NKJV

In the meanwhile, I’m happy to be stuck in the middle of this “New Normal” with all of you.

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