WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

We all feel it, the closed in feeling that is the result of the coronavirus pandemic. We are living in a world of shut-ins. I know I have to constantly find ways to assist and encourage my family which includes four teenage boys.



PANDEMIC SHUT-INS: EXERCISE THESE VIRTUES


LOVE

I believe the main thing we should keep in mind during these hard times is to show some love. Everyone can certainly use that. Even though we have to stay indoors and away from others, we can reach out in many ways, thanks to modern technology. I try to text my mom every day. It helps both me and her. This and other types of communication can help to give you peace of mind. Texting, emailing and face time is where you can share your day’s activities, your fears and your love with your family and friends.


PATIENCE

Patience is the “capacity to accept or tolerate delay without getting angry or upset.” Patience should be a quality that we also try to cultivate during this hard time. For instance, everyone wants to just get in the store and back home. So when you do go out to shop for necessities, give a smile to others or be the first one to step to the side (to exercise social distancing of 6 feet). This will, at times, take patience on your part.


Exercising patience is also helpful for family members. Remember, others are also feeling those same anxieties over the virus situation. Here is where the Golden Rule can apply: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”


HOPE

Hope is defined as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” We all certainly carry hope within us that this virus will pass swiftly, that we and our loved ones will be healthy. That if I or a loved one gets sick, they will successfully recover. All of this goes under the heading of Hope.


Here I am reminded of the Emily Dickinson poem: “Hope”

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -


GRATEFULNESS

In the midst of hardships and shortages, we can still exercise the virtue of gratefulness. Being grateful is “feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.” It’s the little things that make a difference. Saying the words “thank you” is a small thing, but they hold a huge weight when used properly. However, gratefulness goes deeper than this. Being grateful begins deep inside you. When there’s a disaster going on, food shortages are happening and you would really like a taco, but only have a cheese sandwich, this is the time to exercise gratefulness. It’s doesn’t have to be as drastic as a disaster, but in the extreme, we see the point. Try to be grateful for what you have. It could be worse.


I am reminded of a saying:

“I cried because I had no shoes, until I met the man who had no feet.” ~Leo Tolstoy~


DON’T FORGET THAT YOU ARE IMPORTANT TOO:

"All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we're giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world." ~Mr. Rogers~


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