Summer vacay, out of town junkets, parties, events, malls, coffee shops, gym, parks:
So much for vacation plans and sunny outdoors this summer.
We’re asked to stay home.
We’re forced to slow down and spend quality time with our loved ones.
We’re pushed to make use of the resources we have the best way we could.
It's easy to feel defeated and think that we have no control over anything, but If you think about it, it’s all good. This crisis makes us realize what matters most in our lives.
It reminds us how priceless our family above all is; that human connection is valuable.
In this still moment of life we are reminded of how little we need to live, and how precious life is.
It highlights the many blessings we have at home; and reveals how trivial things are outside our front doors.
I know that sounded preachy like it’s the most meaningful seven weeks of our lives.
The heck, we still have so much to worry about!
Businesses are struggling
People are getting sick, some are dying
Frontliners are exhausted
Day to day wage workers are running out of funds
Not all of us is sure if there’s still a job waiting for us on the other side
The days are uncertain. Our future is at stake.
We’re all longing for routine and the steadiness we’ve all been living up for before the pandemic and I dare say it's meaningful?
Because it compelled us to focus on the little everyday blessings that we have often overlook.
It took an invisible enemy to pin us down at home and see the simple joy in it; the appeal of home cooked meals, the feat of growing plants, the importance of connecting with people, the bliss in laughing with children, the fun in doing nothing.
It took a virus to make us realize how helpless we are without our faith, and how the everyday rush made us oblivious to the power of prayer in protecting our hearts and minds.
Seven weeks of slow living, years worth of living a meaningful life.
I’m sure by now you have found in your heart that there’s so much to be grateful for, even now, and that’s wonderful. Because if we look at it that way, this pandemic can bring out the best in us.
But if you’re like me who sometimes struggles to see the sunny side of life, maybe one day you can let the light in. Take comfort in the fact that nothing is permanent in this world, and soon our lives return to normal (a new kind of normal maybe).
So hang on, even if it seems hard.
To quote Charles Dickens:
"It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times.
It was the season of light, it was the season of darkness;
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
But how you experience this time is up to you.
Isn’t it difficult to try to be upbeat all the time? I struggle most times too!
If you also wish to make the remaining days of ECQ count, join me on a
28-day #HomemadeHappinessJourney and let’s find 10 things we are grateful for everyday. It might sound much but if you look around, you’ll see there’s so much to be thankful for.
For one, you are reading this.
You have access to the internet
You have eyes,
your ♥︎ is beating
you're safe at home -- maybe little rascals are turning your house upside down which is great because
you have kids to love
they are well and good
you have a roof over your head
you are breathing in clean air.
Yayy you know how to count! :)))
So use that skill and count your blessings, post at least one on your feed or stories everyday and don’t forget to tag me (@mom.atlast) . Note that it is important not to miss a day and complete the challenge. Surprises await to those who joins!