Everyone thinks they have all the time they need.
Often they think it won’t affect them.
It’s not true.
You don’t have all the time in the world. There is finite amount of time. We just never know when the sands will run out.
That being said, if you haven’t lived under a rock, you will know how the coronavirus is affecting the world right now. Today. Whole countries are being shut down. Hundreds of people dying a day in Italy. Thousands are affected. Quarantines everywhere. Disneyland is closing. Sporting events are cancelled….the list gets longer by the minute.
Lots of people are being very cavalier about it. It won’t affect them if they ignore the facts being presented. Ignorance is bliss. You are naive to think in some way you won’t be affected.
What this also is besides a pandemic, is an opportunity. It is many opportunities being presented all at the same time.
It is an opportunity to be kind to your neighbor who might be quarantined and have no family to help them. Perhaps a trip to the grocery store for them would be helpful. Dropping a few bags of groceries on their step would be appreciated.
It is an opportunity to spend time with your kids and bust out the Legos and board games and crayons. It is an opportunity to get off the screens and get on your knees and revisit games from our grandparents’ era. Play marbles. Play cards. Make a play and share it online to family members you aren’t able to visit in person while this virus sweeps the world.
It is an opportunity to write the emails and send them with all your family updates and attach pictures of all the cool things that have happened since the last time you sent one out.
It is an opportunity to eat all the things in your pantry you have had in there for a while and get creative with a cookbook or Pinterest and try a new recipe.
It is an opportunity to go through your home and sort out all the things you have and don’t need, or never use, or the kids have grown out of. Join a group on Facebook and find someone who needs what you have that can use the stuff you don’t need anymore. Considering people may not be working, or have a less of an income shortly and potentially for a while, this might be a way people can get by.
It is an opportunity most of all though to connect with the people in your life that you say are important, but haven’t necessarily made the time for before now. People you love, but haven’t told. People you need to forgive, but haven’t found the humility to do so to. People you need to have an awkward conversation with to clean out whatever has been swept under the carpet. People who can benefit from your wisdom and vulnerability in these conversations so all parties can heal. Speak these words that need to be spoken. Talk to your children. Be honest about what is going on with everything but come from a place of hope.
Now is the time. It isn’t infinite to any of us. None of us are immune. Money, status, position in life, type of home….nothing can guarantee you and your circle of people will come out of this for sure. If nothing else, take this opportunity to do the things you need to heal yourself emotionally, so that when you are affected, you can be at peace with what happens.