Are you stuck at home?
Feeling cooped up?
Me, too. I’ve NEVER worked from home, so this is bizarro strange world to me.
There’s one member of our household who is thrilled about it; my dog, Bentley!
He’s getting multiple walks daily, and he’s never left alone. He’s got a permanent smile on.
Lucky for him, he’s oblivious to the challenge we humans are facing right now.
But, I’ve noticed something different about me, too, when I’m walking Bentley.
I appreciate it more! I’m not in a hurry to “get it over with,” like I used to be.
The sun’s beating down on my face. I’m breathing in the fresh air. And you know what? I’m suddenly enormously grateful that I’m able to enjoy the simple things in life.
I think others are feeling it too. I live in a friendly neighborhood, but it’s somehow even friendlier, now.
When a neighbor walks by—even on the other side of the street because we’re all doing social distancing—we’re waving and saying hello to each other.
It’s like, “Hello, fellow human!”
We’re all in this together, after all.
You know, I don’t have all the answers about what life is going to look like when we come out the other end of this thing.
But I’ve decided I’m going to look at this “forced” time spent at home as a blessing, and I’m going to make the best of it.
I’m going to read, I’m going to learn, I’m going to work hard and accomplish whatever I can, and perhaps most importantly, I’m going to remember to take some time to appreciate the little things.
What about you?
It’s tempting to sit around watching Netflix or staring at Facebook for hours, or just plain hibernating. It’s tough to be disciplined at a time like this.
Perhaps now, more than ever, it’s wise to remember this sage advice from Jim Rohn:
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
Please send me a quick email and let me know how you’re spending your time at home. I’d love to hear from you. Here’s my email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re feeling stressed or unsure what to do, or if you need someone to talk to, please give me a call any time at 403-973-9730.
Hang in there. We’ll get through this together.