I don’t know about you, but I find that it’s practically automatic to be worried and stressed these days. The tsunami of COVID-19 news and our new normal cause us to face each day with apprehension.
How do we combat these feelings? Is it possible to respond another way? None of us are exactly the same, but I’d like to suggest if we make an effort to be mindful, we could develop a perspective of gratitude surrounding some aspects of our situation.
A word of caution here. I’m not denying the seriousness of the pandemic or minimizing the efforts required to combat it. By now, though, a lot of us have heard the story of Mr. Rogers and his mother’s response to scary events. He often told how when he was a child and saw scary things on the television news, his mother would tell him to look for the helpers; there was always someone helping others. What’s happening has brought out the good in people – and it also has given some opportunities we might not have otherwise.
Are you looking for some things to be grateful for these days? You probably won’t automatically be in the mood to do so. Take a deep breath and mindfully look for good. Here’s a few things I’m thankful for.
I’m grateful that most of us have more time with our families.
How many times have you wished you could slow down and do more things as a family? Many of us who usually have children on the go or spouses working late can finally sit down with the whole group for dinner. We can play that round of family board games or have that video game tournament. Create some crafts. Bake some cookies. Go for a walk (while social distancing) and watch the sunset together.
I’m grateful we are showing concern for the elderly.
Once we learned that this virus is most harmful to seniors, people started looking for ways to protect them and keep them from feeling isolated. Stores have set up special shopping times for this vulnerable demographic. Teenagers, college students, and other volunteers deliver groceries to them. Have you seen the online campaigns to send cards to nursing homes? There’s so much that can be done and people are stepping up to do it.
I’m grateful to the people who are on the front lines.
We have modern medicine to combat this disease! Heroic doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are treating patients or preparing to do so. Others are researching vaccines or treatments for it. Pharmacists are still filling prescriptions for us. Don’t forget that grocery staff are stocking and selling us food, while transport workers are delivering it. There’s a whole lot of people out there battling to keep us going during this tough time.
I’m grateful we are all in this together.
This one phrase keeps popping up – on social media and on television. People are going out of their way to help others, in big ways and small. Look around and you will see schools delivering free lunches to students, families conducting porch concerts for the neighborhood, and customers leaving huge tips for struggling food service employees. Churches are live streaming services and Bible studies as we turn back to our faith for comfort. Even big businesses are helping out by showing leniency on debt collections. We have realized that we cannot get through this alone or by being selfish.
What are some things you have to be grateful for? Feel free to share in the comments. Let’s help each other be mindful of the good things.