How many times have I thought or said, “I can’t wait until we can get back to normal!?”  I think that is a common expression these days.  This aspiration usually surfaces during any disaster or crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.  How goes it for you during these past 6 months?

The ‘stay-at-home’ order has given me time to think about my life, my family and those things that are of value to me. I have given serious thought as to how this crisis might make a difference in my life, as I either get back to the “normal” or, perhaps, a “new-normal.”  I’ve discovered that this can be an advantageous time to reflect on some life-affirming reboots. 

What are some areas where a re-boot, or recalibration, might be in order as we move toward that ‘new-normal”?

One area I am working on is my health. COVID-19 has become a wake-up call to examine my overall health, review any compromising conditions, and make some positive changes.  This includes overall fitness, diet, hygiene, and other habits.  I have tried to do more walking, eating healthier and of course, regular handwashing … and yes, wearing a mask!  (Also, working on losing weight – again!) Oh, and one more thing; I’ve developed a consistent eight hours of sleep per night!

Another area I am working on is my legacy. OK, I admit that my mortality has entered my mind during these past 6 months.  I reviewed my life-insurance and my estate plan.  I am sure that attorneys across North America are busy helping create estate plans designed to help families make financial and medical decisions in case the unthinkable happens. 

Next, I am working on my family. For many, ‘stay-at-home’ orders have been a blessing for something parenting experts advocate – family mealtime.  Interestingly, research has shown it can improve kids’ vocabulary, nutrition, stress levels – even academic achievement.  I don’t have any of my children at home anymore, but I have made a concerted effort to stay connected with my kids and grandkids who live far away.  Zoom, Marco Polo, Facebook, Phone calls and Instagram have really been a plus in helping with this.

But most importantly, I am working on where I am spiritually. I had more time to not just read the bible, but to study the Scriptures.  This has perked my interest in various topics, including faith, heaven, election, and the whole process of sanctification.  And who of us could say that we dedicate enough time every day to prayer?  It seems that the enemy of my soul makes a concerted effort to keep this important part of my spiritual life from becoming a habit.  Helping to cement this prayer focus, I’ve been reading books of prayer and meditation.

So the ‘new-normal’ that I hope will evolve from this COVID-19 environment for my life includes developing a consistent ‘protocol’ that treats my physical life as one precious to God, spend quality time with family and loved ones, and recognize that my walk with the Lord is critical to my overall wellbeing. What habits have you developed because of this pandemic and how are they going to order your ‘new-normal’ going forward?