Day 1843: The New Normal

Yesterday, in a new therapy session, somebody was talking about the new normal.  Because the new normal has been changing  all the time (which can cause new stress and new anxiety), we discussed new coping strategies like self-care, setting new limits, mindfulness, and taking a breath.

New snow is predicted today for New England, which is normal for this time of year.

Are there new normals in my new photos?








Normally, every time I see that new hotel marquee it has a new musical message. Whenever I see a two-fingered peace sign, I hope that peace may become the new normal (even though today’s new normal is “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme.”).

Here‘s that new normal, by Abba:


It’s normal for me to ask for new comments and to express new thanks to all who help me create these blog posts and — of course! — to YOU.



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17 thoughts on “Day 1843: The New Normal

  1. The new ABBA sequel to Mama Mia looks as if it might be more fun than normal, if the trailer speaks the truth, Ann.

  2. I can normalize this new dish!

  3. Accepting the “new normal” is the first step in maintaining a healthy, positive attitude when life’s vicissitudes clobber you over the head! I’ve been there through several serious (nearly fatal!) illnesses, and this is my tested approach to life.

  4. When I was young I was told “May you live in interesting times” was a Chinese curse. Later I mentioned that to a Chinese person who said, “Who told you that?” I learned, and now accept as normal, that I can’t always trust what I’m told. And living in interesting times may sometimes seem like a curse but it has benefits.

  5. The new normal still doesn’t feel all that normal to me, much of the time.

    I laughed when I saw Christopher’s post of Marty Feldman, above, though. There’s nothing normal about Marty holding an abnormal brain in a glass, but it’s the kind of not normal that makes for a good laugh. Maybe because Marty looks so eager to be helpful.

  6. The new normal speaks to me on so many levels. I seem to be dealing with a new normal quite frequently. I now say.. bring it on. Although I’d take ABBA any day, over accepting another new normal.

  7. We all have to deal with new normals at times, such is life

  8. Never having been sure what is normal, I have no confidence that I would recognise a new one 🙂

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