Recently, I came across a quote by Brene’ Brown regarding what our normal was and what our normal should be. Here is her quote:
“We will not go back to normal.
Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than
we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection,
confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack.
We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to
Stitch a new garment, one that fits all of humanity and nature.”
When I saw this quote on social media, it spoke to me. I don’t want to go back to normal. I want us to create a new normal. Maybe COVID-19 is here to teach us a valuable lesson. We, as a society, have been worshiping fleeting items listed above. How many of you reading this can identify with at least two items in this quote. I bet a large number of you. Since staying at home we have been forced to be creative in communicating with friends, interacting with our children, cooking meals and entertaining ourselves.
I consider myself very blessed for being retired. I am already in a place of relaxation and focus on what is truly important in my life. I don’t rush to do anything and every day I am focused on my family. During this time I find myself making and sending more cards to be able to boost the post office as well as spread kindness and love to people I care about during this time. I even left a homemade card in my mailbox for my mail carrier letting her know I see her and appreciate her for doing her job during these uncertain times.
At the end of any day all we can be certain of is change, uncertainty and lack of control regarding what happens next in our lives. We think we have control, but none of us ever has control. We only have control over how we react to what happens. I do long for the return to face to face interaction with my friends and I look forward to America beginning to stitch a new garment. We were the greatest nation in the world once; a beacon on a hill. However, I am not sure that is who we have been for quite a few years now. I believe this virus has shown a spotlight on our weaknesses as a society and my hope is we learn from this experience and come out better on the other side. Each of us plays a part. Let’s put the humanity back in being human.