So how has your world changed in the past few weeks? Are you enjoying the new horizons within the confines of your home? Is your time filled with surprises? How’s that stress level? Are you enjoying the freedom of not having to get dressed each day and fight the traffic to get to work? What’s it like to be with your family 24/7?
We’re coming to the end of our second week of social distancing and have been ordered to hang in there for another two weeks. Maybe taking this in two week increments will make it more tolerable. For me, things haven’t changed much. I’m retired. I work mostly from home. I am one of the chosen who matches the criteria for dying from the Corona Virus. I’m finally getting used to being in the same house with my spouse. I’m also one who loves being with other people. I enjoy talking to them and hearing their laughter and their voices.
For those with children, this has got to be quite a challenge. Not only are they now their providers and caregivers, but they’re required to counsel them, make them feel safe, teach them from home, get to know them in a whole new way.
So it is a whole new world we’re living in. We’re being called upon to make changes to our lives and to battle an invisible enemy which seems to appear stronger than any we’ve ever fought before.
No matter how dark times may seem, we must remember that we are not alone in this battle. We are in it together. This literal world “time out” has caused some really great benefits.
- Families are getting reacquainted. We’re dining together at the kitchen table. The thing it was actually designed for is being used for that purpose rather than being a catchall for everything we choose to drop there.
- We’re discovering why we love our families all over again.
- We’re beginning to realize that nothing should be taken for granted.
- We’re becoming frugal.
- We’re caring for those who can’t care for themselves.
- Love is a word that means something.
- Us old timers are beginning to see the advantages of technology as we venture into the world of Zoom and video conferencing.
- Those of us who miss going to church and the fellowship we receive there are now able to receive daily devotions and sermons by email or online. A group; of us met yesterday on Zoom.
- We’re seeing a surge in innovation as necessity for masks and ventilators are being created in new ways.
- We’re consciously washing our hands.
- Even though we miss the physical contact we’re virtually hugging each other with positive thoughts.
These are just a few of the positive outcomes of this horrid pandemic. More will come to be as people realize how important we are to each other. Jesus said it best when He gave the greatest commandment to love one another. We will get through this.