I recently have been paying attention to the comments people are making about returning to work, receiving money from the government, and the thoughts of their children returning to school. The reactions vary tremendously.
I have heard some parents say with joy that they are ready to get back to work because they miss the focused attention that has been getting sloppy sitting around the house. I hear others complain that they had begun chores (painting the house, etc) and they are not quite ready yet to go back to work. Others want to receive government funds indefinitely as they have enjoyed the time home with their families.
I've heard some parents say they are now considering home schooling their children because being forced to do it when the schools closed took away a lot of the fear that they couldn't compare to a trained teacher. Many parents actually enjoyed homeschooling their kids and the children responded well. Others say they can't wait for the kids to be back to school so the parents can get back to their previous routines of socializing and going to the gym.
Some people look at the $1200.00 delivered by the government to their bank account as trivial while others in need see it as money sent from heaven.
I believe we celebrate the little blessings based on the degree of need. If there is no need for the money, it's not really celebrated. If there is a great need...well let's just say one person sent me a video she made of her dancing around her living room because her bank balance was .02 prior to receiving the check. I have to say watching her dance around her house to the tune of "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers made my day.
Today, many people are returning to their previous routines, albeit with some restrictions because of Covid-19. As we ease back into life you may find it difficult to trust the rapid changes around you. Some people are going to throw caution to the wind while others fearfully maintain social distancing and wearing of the masks. Both are correct in their need to do what feels right to them. I pray we can accept the other's choice to live the life they choose. Let's be kind to someone who is not doing it "our way." I know someone plans to continue wearing his mask through the end of the year and he doesn't care what the reports say, "I know what I need to do to keep myself safe." Other people tear of their masks as if coming up for air after holding their breath for the last two months.
Whatever you choose to do, do it from a place of strength not fear. Make a choice absolutely, but make your choices based on purpose and not because Covid-19 may still be "out there."
A cloth mask will not protect you from an airborne virus. But wear it if it makes you feel better.
30 minutes of sunshine kills the virus.
Home confinement without exercise diminishes mental and physical health due to lethargy.
Social and physical connection is necessary for balanced mental health.
And remember, God's got this!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Day 92: Celebrate