It is no use saying, “We are doing out best.” You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. Winston Churchill
In an effort to combat the Coronavirus in California, we are entering the 4th week of the “stay at home” orders and my family and I are gladly adhering to them, only leaving the house for groceries. Initially staying at home wasn’t so bad but the longer this goes on, staying at home can be a restless and frustrating experience. Having active lives-work, gym, social outings-abruptly halted is certainly not easy but it is necessary. Having family members in skilled nursing facilities and/or hospitalized and being unable to visit them is difficult but it’s for their safety and ours, so it is necessary. The reality is that if we are to kill this virus and take our lives back, we MUST ALL alter our lives and do what’s necessary and that is to stay at home.
The uncertainty surrounding the virus certainly makes it so much more scarier. No one knows how to totally eradicate the virus, how it is contracted, or how long it will last. Is it airborne? or Is it transmitted through droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking? Will it last for a few months or another year? Everyday new information emerges. A few weeks ago the precautions were simply to wash our hands while this week we are being encouraged to wear a face mask when going out. Regardless of the conflicting stories and information, we read or hear, we must continue to protect ourselves and our families. We must continue to utilize the universal precautions that medical professionals recommend. But, most importantly we have to do what is necessary and that’s to stay at home.
The Coronavirus has gifted us all an abundance of free time and it is up to us how we choose to spend that time. Instead of living in fear or complaining about boredom, let’s use the time to fulfill and explore some of our passions. In 1665, during the Bubonic Plague pandemic of London, Issac Newton a 20-year-old Cambridge college student had to work from home when his college was temporarily closed because of the plague. It was the most productive period of his life, he used that time to develop his theories of calculus, optics, and gravity. Issac spent his “confined” time wisely and so should you.
Make your time productive by igniting that dream you’ve always wanted to pursue but never had enough time to do so. Now you have plenty of time to dust off that dream and make it happen. Trust me…I get it. Staying at home can be exhausting and it appears as if these orders to “stay at home” could possibly continue for a few more months. So be patient. We ALL miss our old lives. We miss going to- church, work, farmer’s market, the gym, happy hour, dining out, going to movies, plays, hosting and attending birthday parties, and just hanging out with our friends and family. Yet, in order to get back to our old lives, we must ALL do what ‘s necessary -and that’s to stay at home. The sooner WE ALL DO WHAT’S NECESSARY, the sooner WE ALL can resume these activities together!!
SHIP TALK: Are you experiencing cabin fever? Do you have any passions that you are exploring?
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