When Things Get Back To Normal, Don't Forget...


As the pandemic begins to abate in many places around the world, it appears as if things will begin, slowly, going back to the way things were before.


But maybe they shouldn't get all the way back to normal should they?


Maybe we shouldn't forget how much we appreciate our family and friends when the possibility of touching them and being with them freely is not possible.


Maybe we shouldn't forget how much we love and need to work, even if it's a job we complain about.


Maybe we shouldn't forget how we should've saved more or been more prepared for a crisis.


Maybe we shouldn't forget that all our bad habits were exposed in quarantine and all our good habits (that are often hard to practice each day) are what kept our grace and sanity intact.


Maybe we shouldn't forget what happened to our labels, our values and our self-reliance when they were tested.


Maybe we shouldn't forget the simple joys of walk in a public park, a workout in a gym, a chat in a coffee shop, a laugh in a bar, a service in a church, a concert in a stadium, a sporting event on television, or a meal in a restaurant.


Maybe we shouldn't forget all the new ways we learned to forge ahead or that we are resilient, that we can adapt, that we can get by with a lot less than we thought.


Maybe we shouldn't forget that the less we moved around as a society the more nature seemed to cover the land, warm our hearts and give us something positive to enjoy.


Maybe we shouldn't forget how fragile we are... that something smaller than dust can bring us to a halt.


Maybe we shouldn't forget how amazing most of the teachers in the world truly are.


Maybe we shouldn't forget that we're all human and that we're all in this together whether we like it or not, whether we agree or not, whether our borders rub up against each other or not.


Maybe we shouldn't forget how important and fragile our laws are, how complicated our national and global infrastructure is, how courageous and selfless and grateful and hard-working the people on the frontline can be.


Maybe we shouldn't forget that, for most of the world, kindness was the first response.


Maybe we shouldn't forget that social media and the news often added to discourse and anxiety instead of alleviating it.


Maybe we shouldn't forget that, after a few days, hanging in the house all day and doing nothing wasn't actually as fun and relaxing as we thought it could be.


Maybe we shouldn't forget the lessons we learned.


Maybe you won't. What lessons did you learn?

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