Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Jackie Stammen

4/15/2014 (2 years ago)

Laughs and Love (laughsandlove.com)

Embrace your new normal!

 Over the weekend I was catching up with a sweet friend of mine. We started talking about incidents (great or small) that change your life in ways you never guessed they would or could. 

Sometimes you are not meant to go back to the way you were.

Sometimes you are not meant to go back to the way you were.

Highlights

By Jackie Stammen

Laughs and Love (laughsandlove.com)

4/15/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: normal, just get through this, you were meant to change, faith, God, love, Jesus


LOS ANGELES, CA - I hadn't seen her since I had broken my leg and had surgery so I shared the story with her. I told her how surprised I was by how the experience was not only changing my physical capabilities for the time being, but it was changing me. It was changing my mentality, messing with my emotions, and changing my heart. I told her, 'It'll be ok. I just have to get through another week or so and I'll be back to walking and things will get back to normal.' Every time I would say those words I was trying to convince myself they were true; however, something had me feeling slightly skeptical.

Light a virtual candle today

I wasn't expecting to hear what my friend told me next. She explained that sometimes, maybe you aren't meant to go back to 'normal.' Sometimes you have to stop thinking, 'once I get to that point, then I'll be fine.' Sometimes you have to accept that maybe you were just meant to change altogether.


That was it. God was changing me through my experience.

She shared with me how she walked through this lesson when her dad died several years ago. She kept telling herself that she just had to get through the next thing and then the next thing and then she'd be fine. That went on for a few years until one day she had to accept that maybe God wanted her to have a new normal and maybe she was meant to be changed by the loss of her dad, whom she loved so dearly.

The gravity of her scenario was obviously much greater than anything I've experienced and I certainly don't mean to imply otherwise, but she continued to share her wisdom and taught me that sometimes we go through traumatic situations (whether they are slightly traumatic or incredibly traumatic) in order for our lives to be carefully crafted by the hands of God. These situations bring us closer to God and allow us to draw focus on what is most important in life.

Are you struggling to get back to 'normal' in some fashion in your life? Why are you resisting the change? Perhaps you aren't meant to go back to who you were, but rather to move forward as the person you are becoming. Embrace your new normal.

Laughs and Love,Jackie:-)



Comments


More Blog

The Law of the Jungle

Image of

By Cheryl Jones

In this next election cycle one thing is clear.  This nation must return to law and order. Law and order are the only safeguards against the law of the jungle. Over the centuries, there was a striving for freedom which culminated in the American Revolution.  ... continue reading


Paving the Way to Vote Your Conscience

Image of

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CPC

This week, Hillary Clinton picked her VP running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a Jesuit-taught Catholic. Media pundits are touting his strong Pro-life personal views. However, a closer look reveals his political beliefs on vital social issues, such as the death ... continue reading


Laying Aside a Root of Bitterness

Image of

By Cheryl Jones

In spite of the desperate times in which we live, there has been a certain indulgence in bitterness among conservatives. There are those who wanted a "different" candidate to be nominated and rather than looking at the bigger picture, of the threats to liberty, ... continue reading


Ask for the Old Paths

Image of

By Cheryl Jones

There is a thought in modern day society that "newer is better".  To some extent, that is true. Who does not appreciate plumbing, sanitation, refrigeration, modern construction and transportation? And then of course there are electronics. We can instantly ... continue reading


Monday Musings - It's Not About Putting The Genie Back In The Bottle

Image of (123RF Stock Photo)

By Michael Seagriff

There was a time when nearly everyone entering a Catholic Church knew enough to genuflect, to remain silent and to spend time in intimate interior conversation with their Loving Lord locked behind the tabernacle doors. God deserves nothing less today. CANASTOTA, NY - ... continue reading


Get So Lost That You Are Found

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Recently I started reading a book called "Rediscover Jesus" because... well, because I've really been feeling my need to literally rediscover Him. Plus it was written by one of my favorite authors, Matthew Kelly. The book kept staring at me each time I'd pass by the ... continue reading


How to Become a Pro-Life Advocate

Image of Speakers for the upcoming Pro-Life Vox Vitae Youth Camp, July 31 > August 5th, 2016 with Catherine Contreras

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CPC

Recently, I had the privilege to interview Pro-Life advocate Catherine Contreras, founder and President of Vox Vitae, a new Pro-Life organization located in CA.According to Catherine, Catholic Christians have an obligation to be politically aware and active. During my ... continue reading


The Cat's Out of the Bag

Image of

By Cheryl Jones

Before Governor Mike Pence's acceptance speech, Donald J.Trump gave a substantial speech and referenced something that should be of interest to all Catholics, Christians, and Jews.  He referred to the 1954 gag order put in place by Lyndon B. Johnson, who was ... continue reading


Then she broke down in my arms

Image of May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

By Michaela Daphne

I got to witness someone experiencing the loving power of Jesus for the first time in the middle of a Nandos Restaurant. BRISBANE, AU - She's a non-practising Catholic friend of mine who I've been praying for more than a year now. Each night I lift up my ... continue reading


Monday Musings - O, Lord Not Here!

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

I am humbled every time I am privileged to serve as a Lector and altar server. I usually exercise this great gift on Tuesdays in my parish. CANASTOTA, NY - Believe me, I know I am unworthy to be in the sanctuary that close to the Holy Sacrifice. I am painfully aware ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
11 The priests and prophets then said to the chief men and all the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34
15 Let not the waves wash over me, nor the deep swallow me up, nor the ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 14:1-12
1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the reputation of ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 30th, 2016 Image

St. Peter Chrysologus
July 30: St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the ... Read More