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The real normal

From the November 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

“I just want things to get back to normal!” 

I’ve heard that a lot lately in relation to returning to the freedoms of our pre-pandemic life, recovering good health, going back to a time when a relationship was happier or when one felt more energized and able to cope. Whatever the reason, it points to a desire for something better than what we think we currently possess. 

Just what does normal mean? Is it simply what we’re accustomed to? Or the way we like things to be? Or is normal some sort of baseline of having the things we feel we need to get along?

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