What an uncertain world we live in right now. It seems like every day, something shifts drastically. Many of my friends have lost their jobs. Some have taken new jobs in essential industries, often for a significant pay cut. Others are collecting unemployment, which pays only a fraction of their previous income. There are new rules every day about what we can and cannot do. It’s easy to become anxious with so much uncertainty, especially when social distancing separates us from friends and loved ones.
Yet there is hope in all of this craziness. Many of the changes are inspiring people to be better, to do more. People (including myself) are starting gardens to grow their own food. Personal hygiene is at an all time high. Friends are reaching out to check on each other often through video calls. Companies are reducing prices and free services have increased. Yes, all of this is temporary, but when things return to what will become our new “normal”, many of the habits learned during this event will remain. The majority of people will remain fairly vigilant with washing their hands. Friendships will be stronger. New gardens will still bloom. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
So for the time being, show kindness to those around you and to yourself. If you find yourself with a lot of spare time on your hands, take up a new hobby, maybe even a useful one. I’m starting to garden, so I can grow food for myself and my friends. Many of my friends are sewing face masks for healthcare workers. Others have started volunteering at food pantries or animal shelters. Often finding ways to assist others helps your heart find peace.
Wishing you all health and happiness,