Every time you have turned on the news the past few months, it has been all about the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. “Unprecedented” … this word has been used a LOT and always in reference to the social distancing, closing businesses, wearing masks for protection and hello – a shortage of hand sanitizer and toilet paper! (What’s up with that?)
However, on the other side of things, “unprecedented” also applies to some of the positives to come out of this pandemic. This whole situation has forced us to re-evaluate our lives, make changes and adapt. I can only hope that some of the changes below will stick around once we are able to permanently shed our masks …
Positive #1 – Quality Family Time
When parents are furloughed or working from home along with homeschooling their kids, what happens? Besides the stir craziness of juggling work and school, you are left with a LOT of extra hours in the day. Families have discovered the joys of family game night again … they are taking walks together and holding movie marathons. With no jam-packed schedules or commitments, families have had the opportunity to slow down and reconnect.
Positive #2 – Spending More Time in Nature
Many people have discovered that they can only spend so much time inside before needing to be outdoors. Walking the neighborhood, creating sidewalk art with chalk, gardening, waving and talking with the neighbors (at a proper distance), sitting on the back porch listening to the birds … when was the last time that you actually sat outside, closed your eyes and just absorbed everything around you?
Positive #3 – You Have Time for << Fill in the Blank>>
Do you have a list of projects just waiting until you have the time to complete them? There is a reason why the home improvement stores have been inundated with business during this pandemic. Everyone now has the time to get stuff done!
Also, there is a reason why, for a while, baking items were hard to come by. Families were captive audiences in the home so what better time is there to learn how to make bread, homemade pasta or keep the kids out of trouble by baking cookies and other goodies?
Positive #4 – Boosting the Legitimacy of Telecommuting and Telemedicine
While there has been an increasing trend in telecommuting and telemedicine, this pandemic has truly illustrated how effective these can be. Obviously, no system is perfect by any means, but we all are becoming more creative with technology. Zoom anyone? Even our Tour Choir jumped online and had fun with an online meeting.
Positive #5 – Doing Nothing
Nothing means no plans made, nowhere you need to be and nothing that needs doing … what a novel concept! When was the last time you did nothing? Sometimes, you need a do nothing day to recharge!
Eventually, we will get back to our regularly scheduled lives. However, I hope that we all learn a lesson or two from this COVID-19 pandemic, besides staying healthy as possible! Don’t over-commit your lives to the point you lose sight of what is important. Slow down and take time for family and friends. Take a breath and just “be!”