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Our New Normal

It has been a little over a year since the first pandemic shut down. It has been a very challenging year for all. From having to rapidly adjust our normal life to juggling way too many responsibilities, our lives have changed. It can be hard to focus on the positives in times of overwhelming.

However, this year there have also been many win, not only on a global and nationwide scale, but also individually. Focusing on the positives can help us to remember that we have and continue to be resilient during these difficult times. Globally, we have reduced pollution in our air directly related to the lockdowns. We have witnessed the alignment of our brave front line workers as they put their lives on the line to help take care of our sick. The pandemic has changed perspectives about what is important in life and where individuals should place their focus. Were you someone that picked up a new hobby or skill such as gardening or trying that virtual feta pasta recipe? Studies have shown that close to 83% of people report having more time to do enjoyable things and even spending more time outdoors.

This year has also been a time to focus on family and building meaningful connections that busy work schedules may not have afforded in the past. Another large positive from the pandemic is the growth of telecommunication and our ability to be creative when in difficult situations. Communicating with others as far as across the world is easier than ever. An added bonus: We get a chance to peek into the personal surroundings and lives of our work colleagues or friends with that we may have never had to opportunity to have in the past. Hate it or love it, we also can’t forget TikTok.

Through it all, we have been resilient and we continue to be creative in adjusting to the changes that life throws our way. Focusing on the positives can give us hope when we feel

there is none or things look bleak. On our worst days, it’s important to remember some key notions:

1. We are not perfect and we need to be forgiving of ourselves.

2. We are constantly learning and growing from the good AND bad days.

3. We have made it this far and will continue to grow.

4. We are resilient.

5. Focus on the positives, even if it’s small.

6. There is always hope.

Together, we made it a year and together we will continue to grow amidst the hardships. No one knows what will happen in the future, but we can see how far we have come and the great wins we have accomplished. Things may not be back to normal, but we are resilient and will continue to be through all of it.

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