As our nation is opening back up, we find ourselves searching for something familiar, something that looks and feels like our lives before the pandemic. We find that things have changed. We are changed. The experiences, the feelings of insecurities, and the lack of control over our world has changed us. We are waking up to the reality that life is fragile. What we thought was so solid in our lives such as our jobs, health , and personal freedoms can be taken away or modified quickly and quietly like a thief in the night.
So what do we do now? We look to the experiences of the last few months and examine the person we have become. Life experiences are great teachers. We learn best when we are tested. First of all, realize that normal may not be normal anymore. Think about what life has taught you about yourself, about God and the world around you. Anytime there is a change in your life: a divorce, a career change , or a loss of any kind, there is a time of mourning that must take place. You mourn lost relationships , you mourn the person you were, and dreams you had. Give yourself permission to be disappointed or sad.
Honor that lost dream, relationship or life by being the best you can be. Pray for guidance, open your mind to new opportunities, and remain hopeful that life can be good even if it’s not like it was before. I like the saying,” When God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” Stand up strong, open your eyes and look around because there may be a window opening in a place you never considered before.
Look for the open window, it may be a beginning to a wonderful new normal