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Create your new normal

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A few years ago, I gave a presentation about emotions. I used the word normal to describe what was typical for most people. When the session was over, I was stunned to discover I had triggered a member of the audience into a near meltdown.

That was the first time I stopped to consider what an emotion-packed word, normal can be.

When I was first diagnosed with clinical depression, my husband and in-laws cautioned me not to tell anybody. They were afraid I would be labelled as crazy or abnormal.

This is what happened to the lady in my audience. She had struggled with mental illness and only had to hear the word normal to be transported back into a time when she believed she wasn’t.

Although I wasn’t talking about people not being normal, she was unable to hear anything I was saying because of her emotions.

It is only in recent times that we are considering the possibility that being different might be a strength and a blessing.

In evolutionary times, it benefited people to fit in and be like everyone else. You........

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