The world definitely feels like a strange place right now. There is fear, anxiety, isolation, boredom, sickness, financial collapse, and death. And it is everywhere.
To be honest with you, I stopped checking in with the news regarding the statistics and definitely stopped checking social media. Because, whenever I started reading the news or my newsfeed, I just didn’t like how it made me feel.
I decided to focus on the things I could control…
…to be careful, not fearful.
…to find the positive side effects in this whole experience.
And here’s what I discovered, there is a lot of good going on in the world right now.
Yes, people are sick and dying and please don’t hear me minimizing that, but in my opinion there is a silver lining.
People have suddenly started washing their hands, they’re covering their coughs and sneezes and more importantly, there is a new and open conversation about health and immunity.
People are learning about how their body works and that there are things they can do to help it work better. Things like sleep and movement and vitamin D and meditation and gratitude.
People are starting to seek answers, about why we’re here and what their purpose is, if they are really pursuing their passions, and if there is a higher power.
Haven’t you noticed that more people are looking out for each other? Helping neighbors, lending toilet paper, wearing masks, waving.
And people are reconnecting with family and old friends. Whether it’s Facetime or Zoom or Skype, Google Hangouts or House Party, people are making time to talk more. It’s heartwarming.
Today I fell asleep on the couch with my toddler. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the last time that happened. And that makes me sad. But cuddling up with him in the warm sun, I never would have made time for that in my pre-Covid life of hurry.
So in my quest to continue to focus on the positive side effects from this hectic and uncertain time, I put together this CLICKABLE list of positive side effects:
Our Church was able to forgive $3,176,113 of medical debt in our community.
Better Air Quality
Less Pollution in the Air
More Time with Kids and Family
People Really are Funny
Really, They are Funny
Trying Out Homeschooling
People are Slowing Down, Working Less
Productivity Working From Home
Zoom/Skype/Facetime/Hangouts Dates, Meetings, and More
More Activity and Focus on Health and Self-care
People are Friendlier
I’d love to add to the list. What other positive side effects have you noticed?