It is understandable that many people struggle with the changes that 2020 and the pandemic has brought, and longing for things to return to the way they were even as we press through this ‘new normal’ whatever that means.
However, with the human tendency to be to notice things that aren’t the way we would like them to be, it can be all too easy to miss out on the things that are actually going well and to neglect to notice and give thanks for our blessings.
One way of finding’ a more positive way through this pandemic could be to ask yourself, ‘If things went back to ‘normal’ tomorrow, what would I miss?’
It’s hard really to know what ‘normal’ means, but if things were to change then you might have to let go of some of the benefits of this season that you may be taking for granted. By thinking of it this way you might be more inclined and motivated to make the most of the time that you do have in this season.
For some of you, life might be full on and so difficult, especially if you work on the frontline in the hospitals for example. Please know that you are valued and many people are so grateful and thankful for the hard work you are doing.
For most of us, however, things that might change if there was more ‘normality’ could include the following:
– A daily commute to work, for example in an office, when we’re currently used to working from home.
-Appointments and meetings dictating the way we use our time, rather than greater flexibility that we might have at the moment.
– Having to spend time with toxic people, for example in the work place or in other realms of life.
– Losing touch with the people we may have kept in touch with more during lockdowns and restrictions with the use of technology.
-Less time with our families.
-Less time alone.
-Less time for our hobbies, or to pursue our own interests.
-A faster pace of life, and less chance to slow down and take notice of the simple joys of every day living.
-More demands from other people.
-More ‘external noise’ from the world, from society, from other people, from bosses, from commitments.
-Being forced back into the timetable and mould that the world sets for us, rather than having more freedom to do things at our own pace and in our own way.
I wonder if you can think of other things that I haven’t listed that you might like to share in the comments?
Of course, there are things that we are all missing right now in the pandemic. We miss the freedom to go out without risk of infection, we miss our friends and loved ones, we miss doing fun things, we miss human connection and interaction and travel. Oh, how so many of us miss travel! We may miss our jobs, or we may be missing having a job at all, we may miss health and some people (not myself) may even miss the hustle and bustle of crowds and shopping and noisy places filled with people.
While you may be yearning for the things you miss from the life we once knew or were more familiar with, take a moment to really think about the things that you enjoy right now that you might miss if things returned to ‘normal’ tomorrow. Will you miss your own sleep pattern and no early morning alarm clock, will you miss not having to go on a long commute to work, the time you have to do the things you enjoy, to spend by yourself or with family, or the slower pace of living?
If so, you may just be taking things for granted if you are focusing on the way things used to be or the way you wish they were. There may be so much, right now, even in the midst of the pandemic that are blessings to you. Take time to recognise them, acknowledge them, be grateful for them, and make the most of them, because as seasons change, things may just get far more busier than you would like them to be.
Take time. Enjoy now. Be thankful.