They’re not exactly silver linings, the odd consequences of a catastrophe. But they are welcome. I was thinking this morning of the good things I am experiencing while trying to stay home as much as possible:
- My house is a lot cleaner. Those dust bunnies I try to ignore when I have a full schedule are gone!
- I haven’t had to fill my car with gas much lately, even though the price of gas is at a record low. Just think how my carbon footprint has improved.
- I’m saving water. Without having to be in public much, I can shower every other day.
- I’m eating healthier. There’s time to actually prepare a meal. And I’m not grabbing fast food like I used to.
- REALLY THINKING ABOUT LIFE. I know, I’m paid to think about life, but this pandemic has forced me to re-think everything I thought I knew.
- Enjoying being human. We creatures are incredible, you know. It’s only been two weeks, really, since everyone in Canada woke up to the fact we’re in big trouble, and already people are sewing face masks, distillers are making hand sanitizer, manufacturers in the clothing industry are re-tooling to create protective gear for health care workers. Our ingenuity is incredible.
- Being nice to people and people being nice right back. I did some shopping for my mom today. She’s self-isolating so with a baggie full of hand wipes I braved No Frills. People are good. I saw one lady agonize over taking the last box of Cheerios and grabbed one of several boxes of Corn Flakes instead. She left the last box of Cheerios for someone else. It felt good to patiently wait 6 feet away for people to make their choices from scantily stocked shelves and try to smile away their anxiety.
- Being grateful. I am so grateful for our governments who are measured and cautious but also generous and forthcoming with vital information and offers of help. I am so grateful for health care workers who just show up. I am so grateful for the cashier in the grocery story, the truck driver who brought a fresh supply of oatmeal and my favourite Rice Crackers, for people who are posting hopeful messages. I am so grateful for my family and friends and faith community.
These are unexpected consequences of the deep grief and wretched fear that are travelling with this virus. They are signs that God is present in our fear, inspiring us to look up from our lives and see a new day. Reminding us that we are capable of finding solutions to most problems if we just try.
I do miss hugs and being among our faith community, laughing and talking and singing. But this too shall pass and we shall dance, then, wherever we may be.