Welcome To The New Normal

Menachem Poznanski, LMSW

Welcome to the new normal As humans, our brains were built to search for and develop habits that help us to multitask, learn from experience, and thrive. One of the challenges that come up, when our dynamic shifts, is we have to change from operating on autopilot in so many areas to a willingness to adopt new perspectives, new attitudes, and new tactics to thrive in our new reality. This requires open-mindedness, ingenuity, faith, and trust. Yet, adjusting to a new normal doesn’t just mean adopting new patterns and skills. It also means leaning back on time-proven supports that have helped before. No doubt there are things we have to abandon, and things we need to adjust and things we need to approach differently, but there are also skills, tools, and principles that have carried us before and will carry us through again. Like our forefather Jacob, who in the midst of the greatest battle of his life took the time to go back for the Pachim Ketanim - the small vessels that were overlooked, taken for granted and left behind, it’s critical for us to reflect and recognize what strengths and skills we left behind this past week when we were in panic then adjustment mode. What were some of the things we did last month that made a big difference to us? What got lost in the shuffle that we can go back for now, and pick back up. When we are open to fresh and experience but also keep what works close then we truly have a NEW NORMAL