Shaping The New Normal

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It’s been almost five months since this global pandemic planted itself in our lives and forced us to face our problems, personally and globally.  While I’m still coming to grips with the situation and trying to get by, concerns about the future, survival among other things rear itself from time to time.  Hard not to think about them, given the overreaching and expansive disruption brought about by this pandemic situation.

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On a positive, lighter note, if there is any good I’m getting from the current situation, It’s that I’ve managed to streamline, downsize and trim down just about everything I can, from priorities, possessions to relationships and goals.  1-2 suitcase challenge?  Check!  Grow my own food?  Getting there!  Hard not to, having so much time on my hands now, spent mostly indoors or in isolation.

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And yet, while all these thinking, planning and action-taking seem to give a sense of control or grasp of the situation, at least in my sphere of influence, no one really knows what the future holds.  How much of the old systems and structures will remain, once the crisis is over?  How familiar will the emerging landscape be, when we can finally be out and about?  How long before we heal and recover from the ravages of covid-19, if not from the shock of its aftermath?

The least I can do now is to manage myself, stay healthy, be ready as can be and help others as I help myself.

Breaking Free

via Daily Prompt: Rebel

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As much as possible she wanted to keep the peace, to stay out of trouble.  She kept her head down, tried not to ruffle feathers, while keeping her wits about her.  Oh she has causes she supports, but chose to work with authorities as best she can.  She loved to go out in the world, yet her own world she kept small and safe, away from prying eyes.

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But fate has a way of playing tricks on people on the verge of change.  And around her things start to unravel.  Just as she was getting more successful and courageous, people started talking, around her, about her.  Undermining her strengths, her worth, they spread rumors, imagined slights, petty issues of people caught up in the crab bucket effect.  Until she knew she had to go.  Up and leave.  In her openness and indiscrimination, her small world was infiltrated by the unscrupulous, the bigots, the small people.  People she allowed to gain authority in her life.  Her growth, identity was on the line.  She needed to crawl out of that place growing darker, smaller by the minute.  She had to.

And she DID.  She rebuilt her world from scratch, embraced her strengths and seized her opportunities, those she hesitated to take before.  In the process, she was gifted with people, friends of her choosing.  And other people came into her life, chose to stay, to matter, and she matters to them, too.

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