This last winter and into springtime has brought about for the world seemingly a great upheaval of relationships. These range through the social, the business, the financial, the educational, the religious and other modes of how we are to operate in an ongoing forward movement of adjustments and methods. One individual observed, “how long will we be a masked community?” Some even ascribe it as entering the “new normal” to which I do not fully ascribe. My analysis is that we as a society need to “reset” ourselves to what is really of value for our lives. A type of rebirth.
Years ago my parents said to me “stuff and having things are not going to make you happy or satisfy you in the long term”. So if the pursuit of things, “toys”, money, and possessing them are not the keys to satisfy one then in what way do I need to rethink things in my life, or do a reset. I very wise man once said, that all mankind were like “sheep gone astray” with no “shepherd” seeking to find their own way. So today we might say “finding” their own way has been mostly unsuccessful.
It appears that the challenge for most today is twofold:
1. Maintaining the pace of change. The word “change” can extrapolate into several meanings or definitions mainly because it is somewhat of a subjective word. For example, if I say you are going to have to change the time on the clock, that is pretty specific. But if I say you are going to have the change your eating habits or the way you dress or even the way you work these changes can be of several less specific modes.
Thus we all are faced with a varied number of things that need changing for each of us, demanded no less because of world conditions in the Health world systems, the financial world system, the social world system, even those at school and home. And then of course, we have the inundation of Hi-tech modus operandi changes that are part of every day.
The main thing here is to realize that it is a personal challenge and it can not be passed on to be someone else’s responsibility to take care of me to adapt to all these changes.
2. After Covid-19 it is said we will have to go to a “New Normal”.
Now let me ask you this question:
What has been normal for the last 40 years or so? It seems to me that everything has been changing through several “normals” of lifestyle. As one considers all the factors in the hi-tech implementation unfolding in all these gadgets or tools to supposedly help make everyday life easier and simpler one might ask where is all the normal. All these handheld devices and toys that will do all the work for you. You just have to speak into it directions or just tap on a key and voila it is all done, “fait accompli”.
So what we express as normal half a century or more past looked forward to things as nothing but a dream. People were thinking this is like a dream world or a science fiction story.
So what we think as being normal for the last several decades was never normal 5 or 6 decades ago.
Thus what we define as normal is only that part of life that we were used to and not really challenged by nor attributed to stress and strain on our lifestyle or mindsets.
So what is the conclusion then that we must draw upon in our thinking so that we can adapt to everyday life as it in itself rolls along doing its own thing. Is it that we have grown comfortable and static in our ways and become not ready to take up the challenge of life because we want it simple without any challenge.
A very famous man said this with respect to the changes happening in his world at that time. “Take up your cross and follow me” Yes each one of us has a cross and we are to stand erect and proceed with the life placed in front of us. We can not expect someone else to do that for us. We can not “rest and sit on our laurels”
Rest/sit on one’s laurels definition is – to be satisfied with past success and do nothing to achieve further success. Merriam Webster
To ‘rest on your laurels’ means that you get lazy or complacent about what you could achieve because you’re too busy basking in the memories of former glories. It’s a phrase that continues to have significant relevance in the world History Extra
The real challenge to get to the new normal is going to be how we as people and individuals reset to the true priorities and value of things pertaining to life. We are going to have to redefine the parameters of what truly is valuable in life and what is valuable to integrate and relate with family, friends and even those that may not be so close but still are important, such as Pastors, Educators, or role models for the future challenges. The idea of ‘I need this and that” or how am I going to fund this toy to pacify my cravings is now going to be challenged by what must I do to create a strong community of faith, family, friends, and associates, without any of the allure of what is in it for me. Now today, it is going to be how can I serve, help and strengthen my community that for years I moved round in as a stranger or even not caring about. For some, it will be answering the question, in whom and in what do I believe? What is the best way to build a very solid foundation for my life and faith?
The reality is that there should be no one allowing themselves to despair. One must remind oneself that there are a lot of clues and a lot of answers out there and it is just a matter of finding them. The search, however, must start within. I must search my heart, use faith, and fight off all fear because the reality is for each of us there are only two forces to succeed or fail in life: Faith or Fear. So yes it will take some, or should I say a lot, of commitment, persistence, patience, meditative introspection, and a strong belief system of faith action from you.
While I could say happy hunting until you find the answers; I will rather say become strong in your inner being, your heart core and build trust in your abilities to reach the goal you set for yourself. This can become the “new normal” for you.
That is why “Compumatrix” is here for you.