What Are You Looking For?
I have thought a lot in the past few weeks about how people see what they look for. Social media emphasizes this – we all have friends who can’t wait to post something that is negative, especially if it supports their point of view. Now, I don’t want, by any means, to overshadow the tragedy, loss of life, business, livelihood, etc. that thousands of people are facing. But we can’t change that. I naturally look for the good (maybe to a fault), but what better time for everyone to look for the good than now? Some good that I see and hear others talk about:
People are helping people, expecting nothing in return
Family connections are deepening
o Families are eating dinner together again
o Families are having game nights and watching movies together again
People of all ages are spending time outside – I heard a neighbor ring a dinner bell the other day and it made my day!
People are re-connecting with family and friends who aren’t local via video
Kids aren’t overburdened with school and sports
People are thankful and grateful to those who are helping to make a difference
Parents are playing with their kids and teaching them some important life skills
This is the world I want to live in. Can we continue this once the COVID19 crisis is over?
For me, I want to “see” my sisters weekly for video coffee dates, I want to slow down and enjoy nature during my neighborhood walks, I want to have a puzzle on the kitchen table that we can work on as a family, I want to stay patient and kind, and I want to keep making connections with people who aren’t in my immediate/local circle.
Of course I miss things that I took for granted a few weeks ago. But I would give those things up in a heartbeat to live in a more positive, grateful, and thankful world.