Has Your “Normal” Changed?

January 14, 2014

in Change, Seeing Clearly

Humans are very much creatures of habit. So much so we keep habits even after they no longer serve us well.

We like to define what’s normal for our lives, and then stick to that. This can make things easier, but what do we do when “normal” changes? Many things can change our normal: kids getting older, kids being born, changes in job, added responsibilities, new friends, new activities, and so on. None of these is bad, but they change our lives making “normal” something other than what it was before.

Normal? © Stuart Miles | freedigitalphotos.net

If your normal changes, you need to adapt. If you keep trying to live the old normal you’ll have problems.

How has your normal changed in the last few months? What about your wife’s normal, how has that changed?

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Nothing stays normal for long. I recall when the global financial crisis happened a bank we were meant to be delivering a high end leadership program to pulled it and said we'll revist it when things get back to normal. It has yet to! :)


Another thought is that keeping our habits at the present status means we are not growing. As UBAwesome says, "Change is inevitable" especially if we do not want to atrophy.

Our life goes in one way or the other and our habits help make us new persons as we adapt and accept new habits into our life. 

That is why we are continually saying: The Best is Yet To Be!!!  Great habits ahead!

--  Jerry 


As I have learned (the hard way), there is no normal. Normal smacks as complacency, stasis and even a rut. Change is inevitable; growth is optional.

When we see a "normal" distribution curve, one man's normal is another man's luddite or early adopter. We are all different. We all have our own definition of normal. Once we define it, we need to change it because life has moved on and it is already obsolete.

TheGenerousHusband moderator

@UBAwesome Normal certainly is a moving target, and it does vary from person to person a great deal. The idea of normal for all  almost always leads to problems.

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