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OK: Onto tonight’s post!
I was taking a walk through the Meatpacking District the other night, and I heard this super loud, bumpin’ bass blasting in the street. Rap music was pumping out of one of the clubby-restaurants, and there was a big socially-distanced crowd outside, in masks, drinking beers on the street. I waved, they waved, we shared a laugh, and I was half tempted to go grab a cold one and join them!
But people are out! They have emerged from their quarantines, and ready to greet the new status quo.
And it. is. exciting.
And it makes me wonder. After 10 weeks now — over 70 days — of social isolation and distancing, we’ve adopted a new status quo — even if only temporarily.
We’re ordering groceries on line. We’re interacting a lot more via virtual communication. We’ve realized that a lot of those meetings really actually could have been emails. We’ve stopped shaking hands, and personal space is at an all time respect level-high. And to some degree, I think we’ve realized a) how important community togetherness — whether that’s church, or school, or workplace atmosphere — is vitally important, even though, we’ve come to find, that a lot of those things can be done from home.
And it makes me question: what of this new “status quo” that we’ve adopted out of necessity is going to “stick?”
What are we going to keep around long after this pandemic dies down?
Really — I’m asking you! I had such a fascinating time reading your comments several weeks ago about what you’ve learned from quarantine.
Now I want to know:
What do you hope to see continue in the new status quo?
Because though, on the surface, having groceries delivered seems great, you don’t always get exactly what you want. And frankly — it’s nice to casually bump into someone in the produce aisle for a quick chat.
So sound off in the comments!
What do you hope “sticks” going forward?
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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