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My Perspective

March 19th, 2020 at 08:48 pm

I shared this on Facebook this morning. I'm not a sage by any means, but to be honest, I'm a little tired of the complaining and negativity as well as the panic on the news.

I was thinking about our situation and then remembering something in the past. In 1978 I was in high school. That year we had missed so many days due to bad weather. Either a snow day was called or we had early release since many of the students at my school district lived in rural areas. We were supposed to have a longer spring break, but the board of education decided to have us go to school on all those days except Good Friday to help make up some days.

However, on Good Friday we had an ice storm. Power was knocked out in many areas of our county. Sadly, the school board had to close schools for the following week. Like many, we did not have power so we had to rely on a battery operated radio for any current news.

We basically had the phone to keep in touch. My dad went to work, and life went on. We didn’t have the money to go shop. We played Monopoly at night with candlelight and we used the fireplace to keep some heat in the house. We ate what we had at home. My mom found some dry ice to put in our freezer so our frozen stuff didn't spoil. This went on for over a week.

Right now, we are very blessed we have electricity, heat, and water. We can still turn on the television, computer, or phone. There are so many things we can access online and we can order things to be delivered. God has blessed us with so many wonderful things. We need to keep things in perspective. Maybe we can’t go out and meet with friends, but we can still contact them.

Look beyond yourself. If you are feeling lonely, think of the many people who live with this every day. Do something for someone else. Write a letter. Write an email. Give someone a compliment. If you are crafty or handy, make something for someone else. Pray for someone. This may be a way for us to be creative in helping one another. Look at history, so many people have suffered so much more in things beyond their control. Having to sit home isn’t that bad if you have a home. We aren’t living the miserable life of captives in concentration camps. Find some kindness and share it!

7 Responses to “My Perspective”

  1. LifeBalance Says:

    You're spot on! Gratitude is a game-changer. I recently saw an Asian comedian whose stand-up was about how spoiled Americans are. His language would be offensive to many but it was funny because he took our behavior and expressed it in an extreme way. He said things like "when I think I may want to order something online, I want you to reach into my house and place it in my hand. Prime NOW!"

  2. Wink Says:

    I am grateful that I can work from home, and am not in danger of losing my job. My heart goes out to so many who aren't as fortunate.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes! Absolutely. Our focus is on what we can do, not what we can't!

  4. Carol Says:

    Rob, you are so right. As usual, you get to the heart of things. We are taking this seriously and staying in.
    One blessing, my granddaughter has talked longer on the phone this week than she usually talks in person.
    I remind myself of my mother's favorite question: she used to ask, which would you rather: electricity or Indoor plumbing? I am thankful for both!!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I don't worry about the people who have to work at home and stay in place; that is no hardship. I do worry about those who can't work because their businesses are closed, or they are in danger of losing their businesses. And I worry about those who are sick and afraid and can't get any help, because they don't meet the protocols for testing.

    I don't mind the panic on the news, because there are so many who just aren't getting it and they're making it easy for the virus to spread. Some people have to be told something a million times.

  6. alliecat79 Says:

    CB, oh man. I have been fighting my parents, who are currently in Florida, and imploring them to take this seriously. They are VERY high risk. It is so frustrating. I am grateful I have the means to work from home. It is such a blessing. I am continuing to pay our cleaning lady and the sitter. I will do so because it is in the budget and they rely on that money. They should not be penalized for this.

  7. GoodLiving Says:

    I absolutely feel HUGE gratitude for my life right now. I know that right now I'm sitting very good. There were times I was a single parent, working multiple jobs and in grad school. I'm glad I'm not in the middle of a divorce because I didn't have the skills to manage being cooped up with a soon to be ex. I have access to plenty of food, that's not always the case for some folks. I don't have to worry about making sure my medical needs are met. There are folks who have dealt with serious trauma in their lives who don't trust the government will be there as they are claiming to be. Serious anxiety for folks in very delicate situations.

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