Do we want to go “back” to normal?

“In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.”


As governments, leaders, and the broad population, begin looking ahead to the COVID world past the hump of “the curve” it might also be worthwhile to look back at the past 6-8 weeks so that we can move forward with intention. Sure, we need to re-open the economy, re-open outdoor areas (absolutely!), and re-connect in ways more multidimensional than Zoom (what a relief).

But, eager as we may be, we should be conscious that we won’t be moving past COVID so much as we will be moving forward with COVID. And so some reflection on what life has been like since early March might help us do that in a more mindful way. Let’s each ask ourselves questions around what created challenges, and why, but also what we appreciated about the altered version of life we have been living. Let’s ask about what we discovered had value to us and what really didn’t matter as much as we might have thought. Let’s reflect on what feelings and thoughts we experienced and how we sat with them. Let’s explore the beneficial collateral effects the pandemic has been having on us (e.g., buying less “stuff”) and on the world (e.g., lower carbon emissions).

Basically, let’s just P…A…U…S…E to look back, and look around, before we charge ahead, so that we can live a bit (or a lot) differently and grow from this experience.

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