It's hard enough figuring out the 6-foot rule that now governors our lives. Let alone trying to determine how to go about life in the age of social isolation, quarantines, and mandatory restrictions. The fleeting moments of "normal" are quickly usurped by the overwhelming realization there is no normal as we have known it for most of our lives.
Finding a new normal is the focus. Finding a new way to connect with the people on our team who are on the ground and facing great challenges in meeting the needs of the families we serve. Helping the staff at the Casa Girasoles find some level of normalcy for the children in our homes. Normalcy that includes laughing and playing, and just being kids.
Most of all it means finding a new normal for operating as an organization Everyday we learn of new challenges. New problems that are devastating the lives of the people we serve. Simple things are no longer simple.
For me, the new normal is allowing myself to step back from the challenges and seek opportunities This is a day-by-day undertaking. Some days - it feels overwhelming. Some days - it feels invigorating.
I am choosing to focus on the ways I can show up for others. Show up as a listening, compassionate partner. This requires me to be more vulnerable; and, in that vulnerability - I am finding hope.
I love that Kafka quote that says: "From a certain point on there is no return. This is the point to reach."
It feels like we are reaching that point. The point of no return to our old "normal." It feels like this is the point where all possibility rests. Man, that sure is hard.
One thing is certain, this is our new normal.
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