These are trying times no question about it. The world is in turmoil and it seems there is no safe-haven that we can reflect upon.
During these difficult times, I am reminded of a quote by author and speaker Dale Carnegie. Carnegie took the formula drafted by engineer and inventor Willis H. Carrier and brought it to life in his books, lectures and training classes.
In his book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” Carnegie penned the quote:
“First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.”
Well, for me, the worst that can happen is that myself, my wife or someone close to me is affected by COVID-19 or has died from the virus. That hasn’t happened.
But still, I cannot visit friends or family. I cannot hug my sons, my sister or other family members. In fact, the only person I can comfortably touch is my wife. Try as she may, she cannot escape.
So, while the worst that can happen hasn’t happened. I fear that the worst that will happen may have already happened. My concern is that life as we have known it has changed forever. Even if the pandemic subsides in a matter of months, what will remain of our normal way of life?
I suspect that there will be a new normal. The new normal will change many of the things we have taken for granted. Parties and family gatherings may be limited. It may be many years before we can resume travel, at least with the ease of freedom that we have known for the past decade.
Entertainment will change. Movies, night clubs, sporting events, casinos, etc. Every type of venue will have to change the way they provide people with access and security.
The way we do real estate business will change. Everything from showing homes to closings will be different going forward
Job interviews, business meetings, training, and teamwork all will be different. The very way most people earn a living will be changed.
For younger people, the new normal will simply become a way of life. For us older people the change will be more difficult. We will likely find ourselves remembering how we used to do things.
Regardless of the reason that life changes as long as the worst doesn’t happen, we can adapt. Then we only need to improve on the worst.