Daily Reflection

September 16

Reflection

We will not go back to normal.  Normal never was. Our pre-Corona existence was not normal, other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction…We should not long to return, my friends.  We are being given the opportunity to stitch together a new garment, one that fits all humanity and nature.
Sonya Renee Taylor 

Prayer

May I seize the opportunity for positive change.

Action

Do you agree with the writer that “Normal never was.”?  What does it mean in your life? What opportunities do you see for positive change? Choose one to follow.

Suggested Reading

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.
Matthew 9:17

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

It’s a time for integrity. Either we are coherent with our beliefs or we lose everything.
Pope Francis

In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.
Dave Hollis

Are there things to carry with us as we move forward from this crisis, and perhaps, are there things to leave behind?
Megan Minutillo

The world is not going to snap back to being exactly like it was before this crisis happened. We’re going to come out of this into a different world.
Jamie Metzi

Let’s not just get back to normal. Let’s be better than normal.
Muriel Bowser

Don’t be surprised, when things eventually return to normal, if it isn’t quite the normal we knew.
Gaby Hinsliff

We’ve witnessed a lot of darkness and death. Many other inequalities and social divides have been exposed. But there’s also been so much beauty, so much good, so many things that I pray will stick and become our new normal when this thing passes.
Susan Siemens

Life is the gift of nature, but beautiful living is the gift of wisdom.
 Ancient Greek adage

 We can make the sorrow and suffering into a compost out of which the roses of joy can grow.
Satish Kumar