A New Normal What’s Next?

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As many of you, I have been trying to find good use of my time while sitting in my house and trying to adjust my priorities. A couple of things that I have realized are; how I will never take for granted a power of a hug, the ability to gather with friends and family, and the many little things the we do without even thinking, like going to a restaurant for dinner or worshiping together.  A few things that haven’t changed are my ability to love, dream, to hope in the future, to see the goodness in mankind and to understand the strength of my faith.

I don’t think normal will ever be the same and maybe it shouldn’t be. Our new normal is going to be more selective on what is really important. We may think our ability to provide an income through our jobs and careers as more of a benefit rather than a burden.  Our teachers, the medical professionals, the truck driver and the grocery workers all those essential workers that where always just there, will no longer be invisible but be appreciated.  Our family and friends that we were kept apart from will now be valued as a priority in our life.

Travel that we took for granted will now be seen as treasured.  The ability to hop on a plane or cruise ship, to experience new cultures and new destinations will mean so much more.  Our safety will become paramount and for the near future we may want more private journeys and to avoid the masses and find more unique destinations.  Our budget for travel, because of the economy restart, may become tighter for a while so we may have to plan more in advance.  My passion for travel has not died and I am finding that my clients are feeling the same.  Since being isolated they have the itch to follow their wanderlust.  I pray that travel will resume in the fall as well as looking forward too many new adventures in 2021.

Let’s all look towards the future, look to new ways to enjoy this beautiful world while keeping ourselves and our families safe.  I am hear for questions, suggests and to help you through the challenging next chapter of life after Covid 19.

No one knows what lies ahead so let’s travel the path of uncertainty together.

In this together, dare to Dream

90429287_2982952245074996_5709580655440953344_nIn this together, these three words have never meant so much.  Truly we are all connected.  As much as I love to travel and my desire to explore other countries, and cultures drives me. Our priority right now is life.   I hope you are all staying home with the loved ones under your roof, communicating with your family and friends through the miracle of technology and coming to terms with what is really important in our lives, our loved ones, our health and mankind.  Many lives will be lost, and much grief will reach worldwide, but please do not give up.   There will be a time of celebration that will follow.

There are some of you that are alone, please don’t feel lonely, reach out to someone. I am here for you call me, text me, lets video chat, always know there is someone out there to talk to.

Once this threat is over and a new normal emerges, we will understand how much we need actual human contact.  How good a hug from a friend or family can feel.  How much a handshake can change the world and appreciate that neighbor next door that checked in on you and made you feel necessary.  Hopefully are faith will increase, our children will see how we are all connected even though we may miles away. We will understand how important essential personnel are, like doctors, nurses, teachers, truck drivers, grocery workers and occupations that we have taken for granted.  It’s crisis like these that if we let it will bring out the best in us.

My heart goes out to all those that have had their incomes stopped, the many people in the service industry, the life blood of the cities, small towns and villages of the world.  As someone in the service industry I understand, and all I can say is I have faith and trust in a God that he will help us through this to better days.

Please remember our lives may be put on hold but our dreams have not.  Dream of better days, of sitting around a table with friends and family to share a meal or raise a glass, of attending faith services where we can pray together, for our children to once again gather at playgrounds and in class and of traveling safely to the many beautiful destinations of world that God gave us to explore.

We are in this together, We will get through this together and I am here for you now as a friend as someone to talk to and when have exited the darkness, as someone that can help you see the world and help you get rid of the cabin fever we are all experiencing.

Until them stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong and trust in God.