I had other topics in mind for this post, but as I’m sure most will agree, it’s been hard to focus on anything other than the coronavirus right now. It’s all-consuming. I’m tired. I’m weary. And I’m worried.
As I’m writing this, we’re on the precipice of what is said will be the “worst” two weeks of the virus in the U.S. One of my family members has already been diagnosed. I have first responders, health care workers, and people with health issues in my immediate family. Day after day, when I open my eyes in the morning, I have to pause for a minute to ask myself – is this really happening? Then reality sets in, followed quickly by anxiety and dread.
I know what I need to do to feel better, and that is to think positively. Focus on the many things we have to be grateful for. But, I’ll be the first to admit that some days focusing on the positive takes every ounce of effort that I have. And, that’s ok. This is a uniquely challenging time for all of us. Years from now, there will be much that we remember about this time, but there will also be some “little things” that we forget. Those are the things I want to remember because, at the end of the day, it’s the little things that matter most.
Sometimes all it takes is slowing down for you to see what’s right in front of you. I’m grateful for:
More family time
A relaxed morning routine
More time to cook dinner
A stable job
Less time in the car
Morning snuggles with my kids
Family video chats
Double stroller walks with my kids (at a safe distance)
Baking cupcakes together
The selfless sacrifices of givers and helpers
What are you grateful for in all of this? When you look back on this time of your life, what will you remember?