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Reality Check—This IS The New Normal

I read a really well done, informative and insightful article this morning from The Atlantic Monthly that walks through the various timelines in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is hard to read, not because it is written in a technical language, but because it spells out the reality that most people don’t want to hear right now.

What the article points out is the fact that what most of us are currently experiencing IS the new “normal.”

I was a guest on the Belle Curve podcast yesterday, and the discussion revolved around how can people deal with what is going on right now and make the best of things until things go back to “normal.”

But the reality is that what we are experiencing right now—social distancing, no crowded gatherings, self-isolation or “shelter in place” mandates—are going to be with us for at least several more months.

I know no one wants to hear that (I know I don’t!), but if we keep complaining and we refuse to do what is necessary immediately so we as communities can have a better scenario later, the timeline for these measures will continue to lengthen.

From a purely mental health perspective, it is MUCH better for all of us to become a bit more pessimistic about what lays ahead, and then be pleasantly surprised, than to continue as we are and find ourselves living in a constant state of disappointment, anger and frustration.

I am not sympathetic to what we are currently mourning as a nation. I had the privilege (and it was exactly that) to experience probably what will be one of the last weekends of completely unfettered American life—a weekend with my family who had flown in and gathered from across the country to spend time together going to New York Yankees spring training games—the fact that such a gathering might no longer be possible—or at least for several months or even years, is heartbreakingly depressing.

But, as a student of history, I know that eventually this, too, will pass.

But even more so, as a person of faith, I know without a doubt, that God will work to the good of those who love Him. He can bring good from all things, so, we have a simple choice ahead of us in the weeks (and yes, months) ahead—become bitter or become better.

For me, I choose better.

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Christina Semmens is a Roman Catholic author, blogger, speaker and mentor. She currently lives in Fort Payne, Alabama where she strives to live out a life of authentic discipleship in the pursuit of holiness while empowering, teaching and accompanying others in striving to do the same.

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