Episode 14 – What Will the ‘New Normal’ Look Like?

14. What will the ‘New Normal’ Look Like? | #walkwithme

The world is on a bumpy journey to a new destination and the New Normal.

The world is on a bumpy journey to a new destination and the New Normal

Mohamed El-Erian

About This Episode:

In this episode of “#WalkWithMe” I talk about the ‘New Normal’ we’re in the middle of writing, and share the five key values I hope we will carry forward into a post-pandemic world. 

There’s a lot of ‘new’ happening in my household while in quarantine, and I’m fascinated with what can become in the ‘New Normal.’ 

I’m still hearing comments like: “Once we’re through with this, we’ll get back to this” But, I don’t think there’s a ‘going back’ to the normal that was. What we’re going through right now is making a lasting imprint on our lives and on the world—not just right now, but when. I don’t know ‘when’ actually is. I do know there will be radical shifts.  

What do you think the New Normal is going to have? Here’s what I think: It will shift our consciousness and cause us to re-evaluate our value systems and priorities as we not only “get through” this together but “grow” through it.  

Here’s the 5 values I hope will resurface in the New Normal. 

1 – Self-Care. I hope this entire experience causes us to make self-care of our mind, body and soul THE priority. In the past, many of us have prioritized careers over self-care, adopting a ‘keeping working and grinding’ mentality. Self-care is not a ‘should’ but a ‘must’; you can’t pour from an empty cup.  

2Family and Community. I’d love to see us reprioritize the value of the family unit and the relationships we have with each other through relationships. I read a study of happiness that tracked a bunch of people over decades and found that the happiest were those who had real relationships.  

3 – Appreciation for What We Have. We’ve been stuck in a system of trying to keep up with the Joneses, or wanting things we don’t have, or thinking, “When I get this, then I’ll be happy.” Most of us have more than we actually need. 

4 – Unity. For the first time, at least in my life, we are unifying together as a human population to fight a common enemy: the virus. Ironically, while we’re physically distancing ourselves, we are more united than ever before.

5 – Faith. We have to believe that what is happening right now is not happening TO us, but rather FOR us. Ultimately, I hope that we can eventually shift our perspective to ask: What can be done THROUGH me to impact others? For me, that’s faith. 

What would you like to see in the New Normal?

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