Thursday, April 9, 2020

How Are You Coping With the "Stay at Home" Order?

It feels like we can’t get away from COVID-19.  Every time we turn on the television, go on the Internet, it seems that’s what everyone is talking about. 

In the beginning, I watched it all.  I wanted to know all that was going on.  Now, I’ve had to pace myself.  Listening too much can derail an otherwise healthy mindset.

I know we don’t need to have our heads in the sand.  There are highlights and orders we must abide by to contain this virus and flatten the curve.   Areas that did not take strict precautions have suffered greatly.

Let’s face it, most of our lives have changed in some way.  Whether you are working at an essential business and working more hours, working from home or just not working at all, most things have changed for people. 

And then there are the kids.  Had you ever considered being a homeschool teacher?  And looking at it from the kids’ point of view, most would probably prefer to be with their friends at school.  I know a number of people who have kids who are seniors.  That brings up more disappointment with no end of the year activities or graduation.   

One thing I feel I am taking away from this season is how necessary it is to live in gratitude.  There are things I haven’t liked, but I am so blessed to have a home to go to with a “Stay at Home” order in place. 

I’m so grateful that my husband’s company decided to protect its employees and shut down for a season.  Since he is in dentistry, the six-foot rule definitely can’t be followed.  

I’m grateful for healthy kids and grandkids that I can still communicate with, even though we’re not spending a lot of time together these days.  We’re planning to do a Virtual Easter together on Sunday, and I’m excited to try something new! 

I’m also grateful for a church family that believes in staying connected even though we can’t all worship together in person.  We’ve had Live Stream events weekly, and we’re all getting familiar with Zoom community groups and meetings.  I could go on and on about all I have to be thankful for.  I’m sure you can too. 
Once I get started, it’s hard to stop naming the good things.  I’ll admit, things are not perfect.  Life has its challenges, but when I start focusing my mind on the things I’m thankful for, it affects my attitude, my thoughts, and my actions. 

Join me today and major on the good things and minor on those that are less than pleasant.  Let me know how it affects your demeanor. 

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