The New Normal

You know how we say now there’s no such thing as “normal?” Or maybe we refer to “the new normal?”

I’m thinking the “new normal” is a whole lot wackier than the old normal … that “normal” back when we all still believed in normal, & while really things were highly abnormal all around us, & we were all quietly certain it was just ourself (& our own family maybe) that was so weird.

Now EVERYthing is super wacked & weird & abnormal – & we know it – & sometimes it feels like one is just spinning, you know??

Trying to gain a sense of equilibrium &/or equanimity in the midst of this maelstrom of weirdness & wackedness that is “the new normal.”

(Is it the new normal?)

Well. It took us decades (or was it centuries?) to figure out there’s no such thing as “normal.”

What now? Relax & “enjoy the ride”??

(& laugh as much as possible; see below!)


‘Quote of the Day’ with this post: “Rick wants a great big crowbar to crack him open so he can take whatever creature is sitting inside him and shake it clean like a rug, then rinse it in a cold, clear lake, and then put it under the sun to heal and dry and grow and come to consciousness again with a clear and quiet mind.” – from the Douglas Copeland novel Player One: What is to Become of Us

Bonus Quotes:

“Normal is someone you don’t know very well.” – Joe Ancis

“The first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging.” – Molly Ivins

When asked why the cellist is risking his life every day to play his cello on the street in the spot where 22 people were killed while waiting at a bakery to buy bread, the character Dragan says to Emina, “Maybe he’s playing for himself. Maybe it’s all he knows how to do, and he’s not doing it to make something happen.” ‘And he thinks this is true. What the cellist wants isn’t a change, or to set things right again, but to stop things from getting worse. Because, as the optimist in Emina’s mother’s joke said, it can always get worse. But perhaps the only thing that will stop it from getting worse is people doing the things they know how to do.’” – from The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway <pg 126>

When asked “Why are we here?” writer Kurt Vonnegut’s son, Mark Vonnegut, then somewhere between being a patient in a mental hospital & a student at Harvard Medical School, replied “We are here to help each other through this, whatever this is.”

Thomas Merton said it best: “Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.” (quoted by Carolyn Baker in her book review of the Guy McPherson book Going Dark)

** tons of pithy, inspiring quotes gathered up in the ‘Quotation Central!’ section of the blog