The New Normal


Three weeks into this new way of life due to Covid-19, here are some things I have learned (in no particular order):


  • Heroes are not celebrities or athletes.  Heroes are nurses, doctors, scientists, cops, fire fighters, EMTs, truck drivers, delivery folks, etc.
  • Teachers are (and always have been) greatly under-appreciated.  Same goes for stay-at-home parents.    Anyone want to argue that ever again? I think not. (Remember this when your teachers ask for a raise)
  • Tip the shit out of the Grub Hub driver.
  • Hats off to all the industries who switched gears over night, overhauled their entire product line so they could provide equipment to fight this battle.  Remarkable.
  • If you ‘d told me last fall that school would be cancelled in March for the rest of the year I would have told you “you’re bat shit crazy.”
  • As much as I hate to admit it, I can live without watching sports.
  • If you appreciate your small businesses, support them now more than ever.
  • I have come to appreciate unplugging from technology.  Sitting on the deck with a book.  Playing cards at the dinner table with family.
  • On the flip side, I have come to appreciate technology.  Nothing like Face Time to catch up with far away family or taking part in a virtual happy hour.
  • I was always taught when meeting or greeting someone to offer them a handshake and look them in the eye.  Will we go back to that?
  • You can make home workouts work if you need to.
  • Thank God for travel insurance.
  • Seeing people at the grocery store standing in line, waiting to get in and wearing masks and gloves looks like something out of a movie.
  • It pays to have some basic supplies on hand at all times.
  • I have come to despise the terms “essential” and “non-essential.”
  • Carole Baskin killed her first husband.


So when will this all end? A few weeks? A few months? Will kids start school in the fall? Do we go back to “normal” too quickly and this thing rears its ugly head again? No one has these answers for certain.  What we know is staying apart seems to be helping.  Keeping your hands clean seems to be helping.  And like it or not we have to put some faith in the folks on the front lines of this battle and heed to their cautions. 


Be safe.  Stay healthy. Take care of your loved ones. Wash your hands.


Until next time…


Paul Beasinger

Keene Training and Consulting L.L.C.