Looking Forward to the New “Normal”
Greetings friends. I just sat in on an extremely informative and uplifting webinar hosted by Marcia Erickson, action coach. If you get a chance to watch it, I would highly recommend it. It was sponsored by the Quad City Chamber.
What this message clearly states is we are going to get through this and in many ways we will be better for it. I am amazed at how creative and resilient our Country is. People stepping up in all walks of life. We have come to realize that EVERYONE plays a significant role in how this plays out. From the front-line professionals whose dedication is beyond words to the restaurant server. If there ever was a time for empathy, love and an appreciation for each other, it is now. That’s not so bad is it?
Then there are our great companies; Ford and GM for example. Almost overnight they converted automobile plants to mass-produce the highly needed ventilators. How about the pharma company Gilead who is making significant strides in coming up with a remedy to the virus. Companies are now coming to realize their capabilities….what they can and cannot do. So will we.
Marcia’s seminar included a five step sequence in reopening and recovery. Of course, each business will approach their opening differently. How will we do ours? We are working on it and will continue to do so. Our church staff is keeping the church clean and sanitized. We will have sanitizers about the church along with disposable gloves. Masks are being made and worn. What else should we be planning for? Some of the grocery stores now have one-way arrows on each aisle. Is that something for us to consider? Do we put markers down to indicate six feet of distance? How do we want to configure the pews? Can families sit together or do we maintain our social distance? We don’t know all the answers, but I have every confidence we will figure it out. It may not be perfect at first but we will get there. My money is on us.
During the webinar, newish words were used such as “the new normal” and doing things in stages or “phases.” I like those terms and it seems prudent to realize that we do not need to or should we rush this progression. We will figure it out.
In closing, I encourage us all not to look at our situation as one of despair or futility. Rather, let’s look at this as a new beginning and an opportunity to share God’s love and each other with gratitude and compassion.
We are FCC and I am honored to serve as co-moderator