COVID-19 sucks. No other way to put it. I'm not dismissing the hardships that others face or the overall sad reality this has brought. But some better things have come. My intention is to think about how to be positive as we stay home for a month.
1. More time to rest.
Prior to this, I was always on the go. Class, work, meetings, events, you name it. I almost never stopped. Now, I get to use this time to slow down. I've also slept in a lot since my jobs closed, but not like I'm opposed to extra shut-eye.
2. More time to be creative.
I've used this time to make more cute flyers on Canva for Bear POWER's social media. I ordered some dog coloring books to pass some time. Over break, I also drew some cap designs for graduation and other puppies.
3. More opportunities for scripture and Jesus.
Before spring break, I went to ministry events and that was the bulk of it. Over break, I wrote prayers and scripture in some specific Bible/Prayer Maps a minister got for me. I've sought God more because of it. I joined some virtual small groups and can stream church services and worship. It reminded me that God is not only present in one or two places. God is everywhere.
4. More opportunities to read.
My ministry set up book clubs. Next week, we will read the Chronicles of Narnia. I can already see and smell the nostalgia. I've read more verses and devotionals on my Bible app. I also ordered "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night," a book I wanted to read for a while. I was never one to read for fun as a kid. Not going to lie though, it's a good feeling when you're an adult.
5. More opportunities for exercise.
Going outside for exercise is an essential activity, so I took a walk outside today. Something I encourage you all to do is to go outside once a day for a walk or run. It helps the mood.
6. More virtual outlets to reach people.
I prefer physically being around people of course, but technology allows us to stay in touch (Facebook, texting, FaceTime, streams, and more.) I get to connect with people in my small groups and ministry along with other friends.
7. More flexibility in scheduling.
Since all my classes are online now, I can make the choice to do all my class work at any time I want, and I don't have to wake up early if I don't want to (With that in mind, don't slack off though).
8. More opportunities to make meals.
I had the worst habit of eating out and drinking coffee before. I haven't given up my snacks or Coca Cola yet, but it's helped me save a bit of money from all the fast food and Starbucks. Granted, I've made mostly microwaveable meals and PBJ's so far, but it's a start.
9. More opportunities for memes.
I probably should be watching my screen time, but the memes sure do help. Spongebob memes are the move right now.
10. Different ways to get my dog-fix in.
It's been really tempting for me to go pet dogs I see outside. If I can't physically pet a dog nearby, I can always look at dogs that walk by. Social media has been flooded with pups. I've updated my dog page more regularly with furry friends I've met before. Worse comes to worse, I can always visit the family doggos in KC for Easter (even if I'm stuck inside there, too).
11. Less room for excuses.
Before this, I made every excuse to not go to something with my schoolwork. I was tempted to reschedule appointments just to get more stuff done. Now, I don't have any. I no longer have an excuse to miss appointments, churches live streaming, or weekly worship. Excuses don't have to take over your life unless you let them.
We can't control the circumstances, but we can control our attitude.