The Hidden Blessings in this Crisis
There are many reasons to be concerned with the Covid-19 crisis our country is going through, but there are a lot of reasons to have hope. While the talking heads in Washington are trying to work out the details for solutions, think on these things:
- There is a new appreciation for the simple things. When was the last time you thought about toilet paper prior to the crisis? How about those smelly hand sanitizers? Today, they are golden. Our lives are full of simple things that we are too busy to even notice. Notice them.
- The whole concept of essential employees has been turned upside-down. Or, maybe it has been turned right-side up. When you’re driving down the interstate and complaining about the truckers, remember they are bringing much needed supplies to caregivers, food, medicines, and a host of other items that are being shipped to help solve this crisis. What about those warehouse workers? They’re getting those much-needed products into those big trucks to they can help you. The power company lineman is getting your power back up, so your kids won’t be afraid. That plumber is unclogging your potty from all that surplus toilet paper. The electrician that showed up at 9:00 pm is getting your lights back on so you can see your way through the house. That teenager came into the grocery store to be there so you can get those much-needed groceries. And course, that Dr., nurse, hospital janitor, security staff are there risking their own safety to help those who are sick or think they are sick. They’re on the front lines and they are essential. So is every American who is contributing to the economy and the recovery.
- You were just given a gift of time. You can finally get around to that “to-do” list. You can read that book you’ve been thinking about for years. You take that online continuing ed course. You can invest time in prayer and meditation. You can call friends, family and co-workers to encourage them during this time. You can send notes to those you want to inspire. You can plan the rest of your year, set new goals for your business and/or find a new inspiration in your quiet time.
- You can reconnect with God. Seek His plan for life that you’ve missed while you’ve been so busy trying to live your life. Read your Bible, have quiet time where He can speak to you and look back on the times where He has touched your life, but you missed it.
- You can reconnect with your spouse, your partner, your kids and your pets. You can have family meals. How cool would it be to start a new family tradition of family meals? Turn off the electronics, play a board game or create a fun family activity. Have the kids perform a production they create. Applaud, post video to Facebook. Teach the dog a trick.
- You can go through your stuff. What do you have that you don’t need or want? You can start to gather items to give away to charity. Clean out those closets, shelves and storage areas. There are riches in there that others can benefit from. Bless them with it.
- You can start an exercise program. With or without equipment, you can exercise. You can do it in your house, in your yard or on the street if you keep your distance. Six feet, six feet, six feet. Trying to keep six feet between you and the next shopper in the grocery store is a great workout.
- Binge watch that series you’ve wanted to watch for years and never made time for. Maybe two, or three series.
- You can write a book. If you’ve ever said, “I wish I had time to put my ideas into a book.” Yea! You’ve got time. Put those great ideas on paper. Before you know it, you’ll be finished, the pandemic will be over, and you’re be the next great thing in print. Ta-da! Life change.
You get it. There is plenty to complain about and there are a lot of reasons to be concerned. Don’t. There are just as many reasons to be hopeful. Use your time to improve your life. It’s a gift that most people never receive. The pandemic will be over before you know it and you will be able to have an even greater life.