Erma: How often now do we hear people say this or that is the “new normal”?
Sylvia: Lots. It is the term du jour. Admittedly, I find myself using it without much thought, especially this past year. The pandemic created it.
Erma: Normal? What is normal? People mean ordinary, commonplace, and accepted. I guess that translates into living with rudeness and bad behavior for some.
Sylvia: Erma, that is exactly why we need and crave a “new normal”. A kinder and more humane way of life.
Erma: Oh, you are describing how we should have been all along!
Sylvia: Yes. Let’s dream it, practice it, and shape it into a way of life. I’m all for the “new normal” which apparently is a return to good, old-fashioned kindnesses and decency.
Now is our chance to do better, be better, and embrace our new normal, don’t you think?
“It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.”