The New Normal

I think we will all agree that things have changed over the past three years. First the pandemic that shuttered many businesses and ushered in inflation unseen since the early 80’s. Then there are threats and rumors of war and global unrest. There are simply too many issues to speak in detail about like the US border, North Korea, AI, Gaza, smash and grab thefts and what all the stars are wearing,,, or not wearing. Ha. The news is simply full of issues they want you to care about.  

Sometimes all the noise makes me want to back to no cell phone, just a radio in the car (no nav, no calls, no messaging) holding a real newspaper in your hands to get the news and using that wall phone with the long squiggly cord. That said, I don’t want to go back to a 20” TV with three channels. I can only be retro so much.

You know what hasn’t changed? Aside from all the noise, is the basic fact that 99.5% of us want the same thing. We want to live in safety, in peace, be gainfully employed, own a home and be able to keep our children and grandchildren safe at home, in school and when they go out with friends. That my friend is the American dream that most of us want and other countries envy.

As much as we would like to shift back to simpler times, its not going to happen. There is a new normal in our world from 24hr news cycles to doubled prices at restaurants. It’s here and it is going to stay. The question is how do we adapt to this new normal?

Years ago, I asked Dan Cathy (Chick-fil-a founder’s son) to come speak at our men’s group at church. During that speech he said all the executives had gotten together to piece together the company’s mission statement. It was simple. “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

That my friends is how we adapt to this new normal world that will undoubtedly be changing even more as the years progress. We can’t stop the changes, but we can make a decision on how we react to it. My advice – keep your main things your main things. KT

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