Some will try to tell me that the cell phone has made our lives better and easier. Well, for me the jury is still out on that one. Nonetheless, cell phones have become ubiquitous in modern society and have become so much a part of our lives that they are an integral part of what most people consider “normal.”
Let’s take a minute and look at what “normal” actually consists of. I would say it is a condition of relative safety, reasonable comfort, a routine that varies within narrow limits, and a familiarity with the environment. It doesn’t take much of a variance in any of those factors to quickly move into a “not-normal” condition. Significant changes in one or all of those factors can rapidly move from “not-normal” to life-threatening. This sort of change can happen instantly or build up gradually.
If you are in a situation where you are considering the services of a private investigator, the time to do something is now. Not later. Not after things have gone from bad to worse. Act now, before you find yourself in jeopardy.
So you and the family are driving to visit Grandma and Grandad for Christmas. All is well until you drive into a zero-visibility blizzard, slide off the ten-foot embankment, spouse suffers a broken leg in the crash, and oops – didn’t bring the kids’ winter gear because everyone has coats at Grandma’s house. That is certainly a situation gone pretty far sideways, but not insurmountable. The only benefit to this sort of situation is that you know for sure you are in an emergency and you must do something right now.
A potentially more dangerous scenario is when the changes to “normal” are small and incremental. The tendency is for people to go to great lengths to maintain “normal,” so they adjust and incorporate these small changes to the previous “normal” into their “new normal” at such a slow rate they are unaware of making any changes at all. Over time, these small adjustments can add up to a significant difference in circumstance that has in fact placed the individual in jeopardy, yet they do not realize that the “new normal” is in fact “abnormal.”
If you find yourself in a situation where you are considering the services of a private investigator, I will argue that you are no longer in a “normal” condition. So to circle back to the cell phone, be aware that things have changed, and until you can get back to “normal,” there may be something else you should be paying attention to right now. That text can wait – you have voicemail. And that Facebook post of your delicious lunch can wait until you get home.